Chapter 4: Mathematicians Make Mistakes

Study Guide for Chapter 4

Mathematicians Make Mistakes

Further information about Poincaré from The Story of Mathematics.

A little primer on Chaos Theory.

If you’re curious about Shiing Shen Chern, here’s a short movie about his life.

Resources related to the classroom examples

Michael Pershan curates Math Mistakes, a website where he compiles students’ mistakes so teachers can analyze and discuss them. has many resources about how to teach students to welcome mistakes.

Making Mistakes and Equity

Reshma Saujani gave a great TED talk: “Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection.”

If you’d like to investigate Dr. Fern Hunt and share her with your students, this website from Career Girls is a good place to start. Here’s the first video: