The discussion panel on**The role of history of mathematics in forming an image of mathematics among students andgeneral public**

With Snezana Lawrence (organiser), Jean-Michel Delire, Helena Durnová, and Garrod Musto

This panel will discuss the role of history of mathematics in education and an image of

mathematics and mathematicians among both students, and more widely, in society. Each panel

member comes from a point of different area of expertise, but we are all interested and work in

various educational roles. We will each present very briefly our own motivations and how we

engage students to think about mathematics and mathematicians. We will structure our

discussion around these questions:

• What is your experiences of the views of mathematics and mathematicians in different

cultures?

• What role does history have to play here?

• How are the images of mathematics and mathematicians changing through history?

• What practical ideas and suggestions do you have on implementing historical resources in

forming these images in educational settings?

• How do perceptions of mathematics influence engagement and motivation in the learning

of the subject? Are there any negatives in this regard?

• How can history contribute to the positive image of mathematics and mathematicians?

Further down you will find the short biographies and brief summaries of all the panelists.