Monday, November 18, 2013

Disliking history classes, yet liking history

Like many of us, the popular mathematics and science writer Martin Gardner (1914-2010) disliked history the way the subject was (and often still is) taught in classes. But there are so many interesting facets of history. In his postumously published autobiography, Gardner points to the history of science and technology: 

The really important history, it seemed to me, was the history of science. Of all the vast changes in human life, most are the result of the steady progress of science and technology.
Martin Gardner, before 2013.

Let's add natural history (strongly overlapping with science), the history of languages and terminology, and the history of music, arts and crafts to further suggest that diving into history can be enlightening and personally empowering.

Martin Gardner with Persi Diaconis and James Rand: Undiluted Hocus-Pocus. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2013; page 21.

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