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Mathematics: Its General Character

by David Eugene Smith - 1937

Of all the inventions of man, which one is the most internationally understood? It is not the language by which we express our thoughts, for millions and millions of educated people in various parts of the world cannot understand a single word that we may say. It is not our architecture, for the Zulu cannot or does not grasp the significance of a Burmese temple or of a modern skyscraper. It is not the motion picture, for although the nomad may be interested in what he sees upon the screen when he visits a town in an oasis in the desert, he neither knows nor cares anything about the machine nor can he generally understand the words that appear in print below the picture.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 36, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 38 Number 10, 1937, p. 71-78
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21331, Date Accessed: 6/6/2020 1:01:51 AM

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