Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

TitleJosé Vizinho: an unknown Portuguese who enabled far-away places to become konwn
Author(s)Ralha, Elfrida
Lopes, Ângela Azevedo Gonçalves Cerdeira
KeywordsPortuguese Maritime Discoveries
Issue date2004
PublisherUppsala University
Abstract(s)The world’s memory may have retained such Portuguese names as Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral. It may even have remembered the historical episodes linked to such names: the Maritime discovery of India and the Discovery of Brazil. Such maritime discoveries had a profound effect on many areas of society throughout the world: geography, economics, technology, religion, administration and culture are obvious examples. But those journeys were only feasible because there existed preparatory work with a strong mathematical component. It is true that for more than two centuries the unique link between Europe and East was the so called “carreira da Índia”, in a regular and annual trip; the ships left Lisbon not arbitrarily but conditioned by both winds and sea conditions using a previously organised route. Nevertheless the merits of Portuguese authorship of very important and innovating methods of nautical sciences were, worldwide, frequently lost. Moreover the Portuguese people themselves often ignore the (mathematical) work underlying such historical events. What we are now presenting is an example of a piece of research conducted, within a course in History of Mathematics at a Portuguese University, by final year undergraduate mathematics students preparing to become mathematics teachers. The results of such a project have been particularly fruitful when the lecturers meet again these students, one year after the course was presented to them, as mathematics teachers working in Portuguese secondary schools: the success of using history of mathematics as an integral part of the subject was evaluated and we finally found using history of mathematics effective when teaching mathematics to Portuguese pupils.
TypeConference paper
Publisher version
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:CMAT - Artigos em atas de conferências e capítulos de livros com arbitragem / Papers in proceedings of conferences and book chapters with peer review

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
ElfridaRalha_AngelaLopes_HPM2004_pp359-367.pdf2,95 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Partilhe no FacebookPartilhe no TwitterPartilhe no DeliciousPartilhe no LinkedInPartilhe no DiggAdicionar ao Google BookmarksPartilhe no MySpacePartilhe no Orkut
Exporte no formato BibTex mendeley Exporte no formato Endnote Adicione ao seu ORCID