Geometrical Concepts

Metaphor Activation in Multimodal Discourse

Case studies on the emergence of geometrical concepts

by Maciej Rosiński

The book examines the phenomenon of metaphor activation in the context of mathematics. Throughout the case studies it shown how study participants, who needed to explain simple geometrical concepts, express metaphorical thought in speech, gesture and drawings, thus fully engaging their embodied minds with the problems at hand. The goal of the book is to show that metaphors in mathematics, rather than being dead, have the potential to organise the discourse of mathematics, and mathematics education.

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