Tools for Thought: The Case of Mathematics

Endeavour 2 (42):172-179 (2018)
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The objective of this article is to take into account the functioning of representational cognitive tools, and in particular of notations and visualizations in mathematics. In order to explain their functioning, formulas in algebra and logic and diagrams in topology will be presented as case studies and the notion of manipulative imagination as proposed in previous work will be discussed. To better characterize the analysis, the notions of material anchor and representational affordance will be introduced.

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Valeria Giardino
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique


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