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Teaching

At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam I teach a bachelor course in history of mathematics (FEW_X_400652), a bachelor course in history of computing (FEW_XB_0076) and a course in history of AI (FEW_X_400318). Furthermore I organise a master seminar in history of science for those who want more. In cooperation with Gerard Alberts I also teach master courses in history and philosophy of mathematics, and history of digital cultures.

Research

My research focusses on the history of mathematics education and history of mathematical societies. Currently I am writing a double biography of Hans and Susan Freudenthal. Moreover I am actively involved in a subject that is touching upon both history of computing and history of education: the application of programmed instruction in education, 1945-1975.

Ancillary activities

  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Wiskundeleraren | Earnewâld | Lid commissie geschiedenis | 2006-01-01 - present
  • Masaryk university | Brno | Adviseur | 2022-01-01 - 2024-12-31

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  • A tale of two systems: A history of New Math in The Netherlands

    Beckers, D., 2023, Modern mathematics: An international movement?. de Bock, D. (ed.). Cham: Springer, p. 217-238 22 p. (History of Mathematics Education).

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  • Minix 3 and the heritage of Computer Science

    Beckers, D., 6 Sept 2021, VU Objects and their Stories: 140 Years of Heritgage at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Flipse, A. C. & Neervoort, L. (eds.). Amsterdam, p. 100-103 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterPopular

  • Minix 3 en het erfgoed van Informatica

    Translated title of the contribution: Minix 3 and the heritage of Computer ScienceBeckers, D., Sept 2021, VU-voorwerpen en hun Verhalen: 140 jaar erfgoed van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Flipse, A. C. & Neervoort, L. (eds.). Amsterdam: CLUE Vrije Universiteit, p. 100-103 4 p.

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  • Leve de HBS!

    Translated title of the contribution: Long live the HBS!Beckers, D., Mar 2020, In: Van Twaalf tot Achttien. 30, 3, p. 18-20 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

  • Digitalisering Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde

    Beckers, D., 1 Aug 2020

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