On the persuasiveness of visual arguments in mathematics
Inglis, Matthew and Mejia-Ramos, Juan Pablo. (2009) On the persuasiveness of visual arguments in mathematics. Foundations of Science, Vol.14 (No.1-2). pp. 97-110. ISSN 1233-1821Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10699-008-9149-4
Two experiments are reported which investigate the factors that influence how persuaded mathematicians are by visual arguments. We demonstrate that if a visual argument is accompanied by a passage of text which describes the image, both research-active mathematicians and successful undergraduate mathematics students perceive it to be significantly more persuasive than if no text is given. We suggest that mathematicians' epistemological concerns about supporting a claim using visual images are less prominent when the image is described in words. Finally we suggest that empirical studies can make a useful contribution to our understanding of mathematical practice.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Foundations of Science|
|Number of Pages:||14|
|Page Range:||pp. 97-110|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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