22 October, 2010
Volume 15 No. 43
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Benoît Mandelbrot, 1924-2010

Free Mentoring Opportunities

Mike de Villiers

Participate in NRICH Research


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops

Praxis II prep:
Moving to Math


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Benoît Mandelbrot, 1924-2010


Benoît Mandelbrot, known as a maverick mathematician who originated the field of fractal geometry, died last week at the age of 85.

Rudy Rucker wrote of his 2001 visit with Mandelbrot:


Free Mentoring Opportunities


Mentor groups from Oregon, Utah, Minnesota, Missouri, and California will provide feedback to students who submit to problems that open on these dates:

  • FunPoW: November 1
  • PreAlgPoW: October 25, November 8
  • AlgPoW: November 1

Please have your students submit solutions. If they receive replies from a mentor, we hope you'll encourage them to revise. Not only will your students learn more, but the mentors will learn as well!

Trial Class Account


Free 21-day access to Current Problems of the Week and the Problems of the Week Library.

Mike de Villiers


Mike de Villiers, a professor of math and math education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, offers a page of downloadable articles, papers, and other teaching material:


Resources linked from that page include:

Newsletter (roughly quarterly), with information about new math books, conferences, websites, etc.


Dynamic geometry sketches


Participate in NRICH Research


Have you used the free Ask-a-Mathematician service ASKNRICH? If so, researchers from the University of Cambridge want to hear about your experiences. Read more at the site above.

If you are a 10-17-year-old resident of England, Scotland, or Wales, who is "really good at maths," or are the parent or teacher of someone who is, NRICH has another research activity in which they ask you to participate.


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