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Mathematical Conversations within the Practice of Mathematics

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Lynn M. Gordon Calvert

Mathematical Conversations within the Practice of Mathematics questions underlying assumptions and broadens current perceptions of mathematical practice and discourse. Rather than simply a verbal exchange, a conversational discourse is viewed as a way to maintain our relationships with others as we seek meaning and coherence in our lived experiences. This book explores the nature of mathematical conversations and their place in the practice of mathematics. The necessary incompleteness of expression, explanation, and understanding within mathematical conversations is revealed and explored in this book resulting in alternative images of intelligent action, acceptable explanations, and the nature of mathematics and reality.