Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1903. First edition of one of the author's most important works. Spine darkened, endpapers lightly browned. A very good copy. Cloth. Small octavo. Item #14429
Mary Boole (1832-1916), wife of pioneering mathematician and logician George Boole, was a largely self-taught scholar and educational theorist. She wrote and lectured for many years on psychology, philosophy, and the educational and mental processes of children. "In her books Lectures on the Logic of Arithmetic (1903) and The Preparation of the Child for Science (1904) she demonstrated how psychology can contribute to better teaching of elementary science and mathematics; her understanding of a child's unconscious assimilation of abstract concepts was well ahead of her time. Both works were influential, and the former, largely practical lesson notes emphasizing play methods and self-discovery, was pioneering. Her Boole Curve Sewing Cards (forerunner of the pins and metal-wire art form), devised for constructing such geometric notions as envelopes of lines, were sold commercially" (DNB).