Mathematics and Literature in maze games

  • Mauricio Arley Fonseca
  • Luis Gerardo Araya Aguilar
  • Edwin Gerardo Acuña Acuña
Referencia bibliográfica: Arley, M .; Araya, L. & Acuña, E. (2016). Mathematics and Literature in maze games. San Ramón, Alajuela: Research Coordination, Headquarters of the West, University of Costa Rica.
The book compiles the result of years of research experience of the three authors, who manage to interweave
 two areas of knowledge that have been conceived as foreign and foreign to each other. The work was not carried 
out from pure intellectual elaboration, but using everyday experience as a reference. Neither does it include
 the exact and objective language with which mathematics is usually associated, nor does it include the purely
 analytical zeal that often prevails in literature as a way of explaining it. On the contrary, the authors select 
the playful dimension that can be found in both disciplines and that is not linear but is full of movement and sinuosity,
 turned into a labyrinth.

The document consists of a didactic proposal that is characterized by starting from elements of the environment 
to position the reader or students in a world in which knowledge is integrated instead of dissociated. 
The text contributes to the formation of language, literature and mathematics and is mainly designed for fourth 
and fifth year students of secondary education, although it can be used beyond this context.

The book is described as a playground that invites the enjoyment of mathematics and logic through challenge. 
The common thread is a thread that weaves stories, mathematical concepts, curious figures that challenge 
the imagination, oriental origami and the observation of the accounting traces left by ants.