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22 September 1997 Vol. 2, No. 38 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS MEGAMATH | Magic Decoder Game | Math Quotations Server MEGAMATH http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/ Mathematicians experiment and play with creative and imaginative ideas, many of them accessible to children. Other ideas (infinity is a good example) have already piqued many children's curiosity, but their profound mathematical importance is not widely known or understood. The MegaMath project brings unusual and important mathematical ideas to elementary school classrooms so that students and teachers can think about them together. The MegaMath site features: - The Most Colorful Math of All - Games on Graphs - Untangling the Mathematics of Knots - Algorithms and Ice Cream for All - Machines that Eat Your Words - Welcome to the Hotel Infinity - A Usual Day at Unusual School Ideas are provided for browsing MegaMath as - a teacher http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/teacher.html - a student http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/student.html - or a mathematician http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/mathematician.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MAGIC DECODER GAME http://raphael.math.uic.edu/~jeremy/crypt/cgi-bin/magic_update.cgi Crack the code of a secret message encrypted in a simple substitution cipher. You are supplied with a magic decoder device and some statistics to make the job easier: - Enter your guesses in the box corresponding to the cipher text letter. You do not have to give a value for every letter; you can leave boxes blank. - Hit the "Try It" button to see your substitutions above the cipher text in the message. - Look for patterns which suggest words to refine your guesses. From the Puzzle Ring site, by Jeremy T. Teitelbaum. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHEMATICAL QUOTATIONS SERVER - FURMAN UNIVERSITY http://math.furman.edu/~mwoodard/mquot.html "A Mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems. - Paul Erdös "On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question." - Charles Babbage "Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater." - Albert Einstein A collection of mathematical quotations culled from many sources. You may conduct a keyword search through the quotation database, download the whole collection at once (there are about 83 printed pages), or browse the quotations page by page. The quotations are organized in alphabetical order by the author's last name. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problem of the Week http://mathforum.org/geopow/ Internet Resources http://mathforum.org/~steve/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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