On the heels of UCONN’s surprising win, here is an article about a Davidson professor, who has created a whole course around the mathematics of bracketology. That is a course I’d love to take.
Math on the Web
I just got back from the ICTCM math/tech conference. I had a great time and learned a lot. Two things I wanted to pass on. Both MyMathLab and Mathematica are going to be viewable on mobile devices. I had actually heard about MyMathLab for a while now. The news about Mathematica was new though. I’m really excited because you can create such amazing manipulatives for students. The problem has been that those manipulatives have been locked into Mathematica’s CDF format. And admittedly anyone can get a CDF viewer for free by downloading, but who wants to deal with that! I’ll be implementing it in my online classes a ton now.
I wish I could get this poster for my new office. Found on iMathmaticus.
Infinity has always been controversial for mathematicians. Scientific American has a great article on the continuing debate. These questions and dilemmas have a special place in my heart. It was the first part of mathematics I’d seen that was as interesting as philosophy, my first love. It is a good read. I hope you enjoy.
Stick this in your feed reader and love it. I just found an awesome Tumblr called Visualizing Math that collects all manner of math visualizations from all over the web. I especially the gifs like the above example (might need to click on it to see).
I remember taking a Philosophy of Math class as an undergrad, and it was the first time I ran into the question, is math real? Or maybe a more nuanced way of putting it is, what kind of reality does it have? This video surveys the most popular theories. Warning, in case you have a lot to do today, you can wonder about this one a long time.
I caught a great Planet Money podcast about the relative earning potential of different degrees. Engineering and applied math careers are always at the top of the these lists, but thanks to data from the last census, we are able to see just what the difference is. The graph above is a thumbnail sketch. I recommend listening to the podcast. The Planet Money team always does a fantastic job.
Estimation 180 is a great site for building estimation skill. I can see using this at the beginning of class to stimulate thought. Best of all the site works great on mobile devices.
Math Trail is a really interesting idea. It is an math themed scavenger hunt using google maps. There are different hunts you can do and they are centered on different mathematical themes. Check out the demo.