n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Is it the Maths teacher's job to teach Physics?

Volume 2007, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Throughout the course of history, the influence of ideas from physics has remained at the forefront of mathematical developments. The demands of physics led to the invention of calculus by Newton and Leibniz in the seventeenth century. Hilbert, Maxwell, and Lagrange were physicists as much as they were mathematicians. Much of the impetus for new mathematical development continues to emerge from the field of physics. In May 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced seven $1 million prizes for the solutions to each of seven unsolved problems of mathematics, two of which came directly from physics, (see Devlin, 2002).

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