Definition of new mathematics in US English:

new mathematics


  • Usually with the. A new system of or approach to mathematics; specifically a system of teaching mathematics to younger children introduced around 1960, characterized by an emphasis on investigation and discovery by the children themselves, and the inclusion of topics (as set theory, symbolic logic, and number systems) that were not in the traditional school curriculum.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From new + mathematics.


new mathematics

/ˌnjuː maθ(ə)ˈmatɪks/