Roland Stowasser

Biographical notes

Roland Stowasser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Mathematics of the Technische Universität Berlin.

He taught for several years at the Carl-Duisberg-Gymnasium. He later served as Director of the Studienseminar in Wuppertal (Germany) and Associate Professor at the University of Bielefeld. (Institut für Didaktik der Mathematik). He has coauthored secondary school textbooks, published papers in a variety of educational journals, and served as chief editor of the German journal Mathematiklehrer (The Mathematics Teacher). Stowasser was chairman of the ICMI-affiliated "International Study Group on the Relation between History and Pedagogy of Mathematics". He is a member of of the "Commision internationale pour l'etude et l'amélioration de l'enseignement des mathématiques".

Stowasser's primary research interests are the history of mathematics as related to mathematics education, curriculum development in the light of microcomputer technology, problem solving, and artificial intelligence. Busy with these interests, he has produced many attractive problem-solving sequences with roots in the history of science, exploiting computer graphics.

During the period 1991-94 Stowasser was engaged in the European joint project "New Approaches to the Teaching of Engineering Mathematics" - and also in another similar project paying special attention to low level modelling and the art of visual problem posing.

After a long philosophical period Stowasser's grandchildren brought him back to "Mathematical ideas". Now he placs special emphasis on the role of aesthetics in learning. Some "Visual Miniatures" - old visuaisations completely reworked with advanced digital instruments - are available on request by mail.