Euclid’s apology. (Russian) Zbl 1324.97001

This is the author’s reaction on many public discussions about the influence of ‘Bourbakism’ on the teaching of mathematics where Bourbaki is criticized for the lack of practical motivations, discussions of the history of the studied issue, authorship and significance of the results under study. One of the key author’s ideas is that ‘…the treatise of Bourbaki is written as imitation of Euclid’s Elements. The style of Bourbaki’s Elements of mathematics is exactly the style of Euclid.’
For an authorized English translation of this article, see [S. S. Kutateladze, Scientiae Mathematicae Japonicae/Notices from the ISMS 4, No. 5, 1–3 (2006)].
This article is available on pages 57–59 of the printed version of the journal, while in the electronic version it is available on pages 61–63.


97D20 Philosophical and theoretical contributions (didactics of mathematics)
97E20 Philosophy and mathematics (educational aspects)
00A30 Philosophy of mathematics
00A35 Methodology of mathematics


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