# A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Symbols [G]

**Rajesh Lal • Pierce College**

How is our mathematical thinking different from that of our ancestors? What is the difference between mathematical symbol and mathematical notation? How do symbols take us beyond what they are meant to represent? Why do we use the letter `x ` so much in math? What are the pedagogical implications? This workshop will intersperse short presentations with activities and discussion.

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