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Professor Paul Ernest
Emeritus Professor


My academic starting point is reflectons about mathematics; mathematics in education, society and its philosophical significance. I'm also committed to a critical way of exploring mathematics, pedagogy and society. I have always loved exploring new ideas and the last decade has taken me into semiotics, ethics, globalisation, and other areas a little way from maths. Outside of work I'm interested in cinema, literature (finally finished Proust - now struggling with Finnegan's Wake), food and wine, the gym, scuba diving (especially diving with sharks), travel, music (from Bach to Blues), family and friends.


  • BSc in Mathematics and Logic (2i Hons.), Sussex University
  • MSc in Mathematics (Distinction), London University
  • Teacher Qualification (No. 76/14571), Department of Education and Science
  • PhD in Philosophy of Mathematics, London University


  • Emeritus Professor of the Philosophy of Mathematics Education, University of Exeter, since 2005
  • Visiting Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Visiting Professor of Mathematics Education, University College of Trondheim (HiST), Trondheim, Norway
  • Professor of the Philosophy of Mathematics Education, from 1998 (full professor) University of Exeter. First appointed to University of Exeter 1984
  • Lecturer in Education, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Lecturer II in Mathematics, Bedford College of Higher Education, Bedford
  • Lecturer II in Mathematics, Homerton College, Cambridge
  • Teacher of Mathematics, Hampstead Comprehensive School, London


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