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The Klein Project

What is the Klein Project About?

The Klein Project is an IMU/ICMI project that began in 2008, with the aim of producing mathematics resources for secondary teachers on contemporary mathematics. It was inspired by Felix Klein’s book Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint, first published 100 years earlier. It is intended as a stimulus for mathematics teachers, so to help them to make connections between the mathematics they teach, or can be asked to teach, and the field of mathematics, while taking into account the evolution of this field over the last century. 

A Design Group of 8 people was established, and plans formed to produce “vignettes” and, ultimately, a comprehensive book. A vignette is a short, readable piece on a topic of contemporary mathematics.

International Design Team

The project is currently managed by an international Design Team consisting of seven members:

  • Michèle Artigue, Université Paris Diderot, France
  • Ferdinando Arzarello, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
  • Bill Barton, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (chair)
  • William (Bill) McCallum, University of Arizona, USA
  • Tomas Recio, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
  • Christiane Rousseau, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Hans-Georg Weigand, Universität Würzburg, Germany
  • Yuriko Yamamoto Baldin, Universidade Federal de São Carlo, Brazil

Members of the Design Group at the Meeting in Berlin 2013: left to right: Graeme Cohen, Christiane Rousseau, Hans Georg Weigand, Yuriko Yamamoto Baldin, Ferdinando Arzarello, Michèle Artigue, Bill Barton, William (Bill) McCallum

Graeme Cohen, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia was a member of the group until 2014.

Seven meetings of the Design Group have taken place, in Paris in May, 2009, in Auckland in April 2010, in the US in 2011, in Paris in 2012, in 2013 in Berlin, Germany, in 2014 in Rio de Janairo in Brazil and 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.

Klein Project Website and Vignettes

A website of the project has been developed, a blog  and a wiki is accesible.

As of June 2015) 21 Klein vignettes are available in English, and some in Arabic (19), French (14), German (14), Italian (11 ), Spanish (9), Portuguese (7), and Mandarin (1). The Blog features a “Book of the Month” and “Site of the Month”, the former featuring books of general mathematical interest for teachers first published more than ten years ago. An active “Klein community” of translators, who are mathematicians or mathematics educators or teachers who give their time to creating translations in their own language.

Klein Conferences and Workshops

The Klein Project has developed conferences and workshops. Initially, members of the Design Team initiated Klein Seminars in their countries. These were held in UK, Spain, Portugal, France, USA, Brazil, and Australia. The first "Klein Conference" was held in Madeira in October, 2009.The second was held in Castro-Urdales, Spain, in June 2010. Other conferences were held in Oxford (England), 18th June, 2010, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), July 2010, Pittsburg (USA), 6-7 August 2010, Palo Alto (USA), 7-11 November 2011 as well as Paris (France), 30 May 2012. More information about these past conferences and workshops go here. From 17th until 20th of September 2013 a meeting of the design team and a Klein Workshop took place in Berlin, Germany. From 14th - 16th April a Klein conference and meeting of the Design group took place at IMPA, Rio de Janairo, Brazil.

Such seminars are now replaced by workshops or sessions at conferences, most recently at EARCOME 7 in Philippines in May, 2015. Two countries, Brazil and Sweden, have established regular (annual or bi-annual) Klein Meetings of teachers and mathematicians. In both cases significant national funding was obtained.


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