Being in Control

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    In this paper, I discuss emotions related to a person's control (or lack of control) of his/her mathematics:

    sense of danger; sense of security; confidence, feeling of strength; feeling of power;

    which eventually lead to the ultimate emotion of mathematics:

    realisation that you know and understand something that no-one else in the world knows or understands – and that you can prove that.

    These higher level emotions are not frequently discussed in the context of
    mathematics education – but, remarkably, they are known not only to professional research mathematicians, but also experienced by many children in their first encounters with mathematics.

    And I dare to suggest that there is another overarching emotion well known to many professional mathematicians: the feeling of a deep connection with the "inner child''. I will focus on a child's perception of mathematics, but will start my narrative from a prominent episode in the history of "adult'' mathematics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnderstanding Emotions in Mathematical Thinking and Learning
    EditorsU. Xolocotzin
    Place of PublicationSan Diego
    PublisherElsevier BV
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9780128024898
    ISBN (Print)9780128022184
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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