This book presents an institutional study located at the intersection mathematics education and vocational education. Using the concept of technology as a unifying theme, it presents a critique of neoliberalist policies and their impact upon curriculum, teachers' work, and the apparent de-institutionalization of vocational education - with particular reference to mathematics education and the consequences for adult students as (potential) workers and citizens.
Alexander von Humboldt is one of the most celebrated figures of late-modern science, famous for his work in physical geography, botanical geography and climatology. This volume traces Humboldt's biographical identities through Germany's collective past to shed light on the historical instability of our scientific heroes.
This collection by 14 American and European experts provides an informed critical assessment of parallel processes of economic and political transformation from orthodox Marxist-Leninist regimes to contrasting forms of market economies and democratic governance in Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, and eastern Germany.
Eminent mathematician Ioan James celebrates the extraordinary contribution made by Jewish people in mathematics and physics, from Norbert Wiener to Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein. He tells the life stories of thirty-five men and women, born in the nineteenth century, who were at the forefront of research in their fields.
In the mid-summer of 1989 the German Democratic Republic-- known as the GDR or East Germany--was an autocratic state led by an entrenched Communist Party. A loyal member of the Warsaw Pact, it was a counterpart of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), which it confronted with a mixture of hostility and grudging accommodation across the divide created by the Cold War. Over the following year and a half, dramatic changes occurred in the political system of East Germany and culminated in the GDR's "accession" to the Federal Republic itself. Yet the end of Germany's division evoked its own new and very bitter constitutional problems. The Imperfect Union discusses these issues and shows...