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The Klein Project

What is the Klein Project About?

The Klein Project is inspired by Felix Klein’s famous book Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint, published one century ago.  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. 

The project will have two outputs: a book simultaneously published in several languages, and a blog to assist teachers wishing to bring some of the ideas to realisation in their classes.

International Design Team

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

  • Michèle Artigue, Université Paris Diderot, France
  • Ferdinando Arzarello, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
  • Bill Barton, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (chair)
  • Graeme Cohen, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • 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

left to right: Graeme Cohen, Christiane Rousseau, Hans Georg Weigand, Yuriko Yamamoto Baldin, Ferdinando Arzarello, Michèle Artigue, Bill Barton, William (Bill) McCallum

Five 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 and in 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The next meeting will be in Brazil in 2014.


A website of the project has been developed and a wiki is accesible at and

The project also developed Klein vignettes whose production is open to everybody. See also here.


Klein Conferences and Workshops

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. 

From 17th until 20th of September 2013 a Klein Workshop and a meeting of the design team took place in Berlin, Germany.

Go here for more information about the Berlin meeting.


The next Klein meeting will take place April 2014 in Brazil.


More information about past conferences and workshops can be found here.



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