Shipman, Barbara A.; Stephenson, Elizabeth RISTA
Point-set topology is among the most abstract branches of mathematics in that it lacks tangible notions of distance, length, magnitude, order, and size. There is no shape, no geometry, no algebra, and no direction. Everything we are used to visualizing is gone. In the teaching and learning of mathematics, this can present a conundrum. Yet, this very property makes point set topology perfect for teaching and learning abstract mathematical concepts. It clears our minds of preconceived intuitions and expectations and forces us to think in new and creative ways. In this paper, we present guided investigations into topology through questions and thinking strategies that open up fascinating problems. They are intended for faculty who already teach or are thinking about teaching a class in topology or abstract mathematical reasoning for undergraduates. They can be used to build simple to challenging projects in topology, proofs, honors programs, and research experiences.
Shipman BA, Stephenson ER. Tangible topology through the lens of limits. PRIMUS. 2022;32(5):593-609. doi:10.1080/10511970.2021.1872750
Shipman, B. A., & Stephenson, E. R. (2022). Tangible topology through the lens of limits. PRIMUS. Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.1080/10511970.2021.1872750
Shipman, Barbara A., and Elizabeth R Stephenson. “Tangible Topology through the Lens of Limits.” PRIMUS. Taylor & Francis, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1080/10511970.2021.1872750.
B. A. Shipman and E. R. Stephenson, “Tangible topology through the lens of limits,” PRIMUS, vol. 32, no. 5. Taylor & Francis, pp. 593–609, 2022.
Shipman BA, Stephenson ER. 2022. Tangible topology through the lens of limits. PRIMUS. 32(5), 593–609.
Shipman, Barbara A., and Elizabeth R. Stephenson. “Tangible Topology through the Lens of Limits.” PRIMUS, vol. 32, no. 5, Taylor & Francis, 2022, pp. 593–609, doi:10.1080/10511970.2021.1872750.