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Understanding Numbers

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Understanding Numbers

National STEM Learning Centre

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The National STEM Learning Centre explains the history of our number system and how integral it is to modern day life.

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Understanding Numbers

by National STEM Learning Centre

Understanding Numbers

National STEM Learning Centre

Overview

Humans are naturally wired to discern patterns among sequences of objects and events. The field of mathematics can harness this pattern-recognition ability in amazing ways - but only if we properly understand it.

Michael Anderson, Stephen Lyon, and Paula Kelly are mathematics educators at The National STEM Learning Centre, the UK's top provider of career and educational support in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for students and educators alike. In this four-week course presented through FutureLearn, the instructors delve into the basic structures behind the numbers we use every day. Through straightforward explanations and helpful illustrations, the course breaks down complex mathematical concepts in an accessible and fascinating way.

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"With the advent of money and the purchasing of goods came the idea of borrowing money from a money lender and debt. To express this concept, negative numbers were developed."

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