chapter  I
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In teaching, a knowledge of the history of mathematics not only enables the teacher to give his pupils cultural analogies and to enliven the theoretical side of the work, but provides a

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greater understanding of the way in which thought builds up its mathematical world. Of course there is not enough time to give the historical background in all its detail, nor would young people be capable of profiting from it; but the various phases in the development of mathematics, from the rules of empirical origin to the gradual conquest of rigorous logic, can be brought alive in teaching, from primary school to university, not literally perhaps but in spirit (4), if Vico's relationship between the development of civilization and the development of the human personality is borne in mind.