23 August 1999 Vol. 4, No. 34
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Life by the Numbers  Ponder This  IBM  Tan Resource Center  Brooks Cole
LIFE BY THE NUMBERS  WQED Pittsburgh
http://www.mathlife.wqed.org/
Materials including QuickTime videos and Shockwave games
inspired by the Public Broadcasting System's sevenpart
miniseries "Life by the Numbers," hosted and narrated by
actor Danny Glover. Each unit has four parts: Start Here,
Meet the Experts, About the Show, and Math Stuff.
Units include:
 A New Age
using mathematics to change the world  geometry,
calculus, boolean algebra
 Patterns of Nature
seeing and studying nature  fractals, knot theory,
size and shape
 Shape of the World
measuring and mapping the planet  geometry,
cartography
 Seeing is Believing
describing the space we live in and the space inside,
in our imagination  linear perspective, pictures
from numbers
 The Numbers Game
how mathematics helps aspiring athletes to achieve
their ideals  sports, crunching numbers
 Chances of a Lifetime
how statistics is part of our games, helps in the search
for new lifesaving drugs, and enables us to gauge
people's opinions  the mathematics of games and
gambling
 Making a Difference
reforming the way mathematics is taught in our
schools, finding a way to make math make sense 
the tools of mathematics, linear perspective
For reviews of the series, visit MAA Online:
 Ivars Peterson
http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathtrek_4_6_98.html
 Colm Mulcahy
http://www.maa.org/features/lifebyTV.html
Keith Devlin has written an accompanying book; for a review,
see the MAA Online book review column by Bernadette Mullins:
http://www.maa.org/reviews/lifeby.html
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PONDER THIS... IBM Research
http://www.research.ibm.com/features/ponder
Bowling pins, tumblers, buckets of tennis balls... match wits
with the minds at IBM Research, who post a new puzzle each
month, some suggested by users at large.
Solutions are posted after 23 weeks, and an archive of
previous challenges is on the Web.
http://www.research.ibm.com/features/ponder/archive.html
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TAN RESOURCE CENTER
S.T. Tan; Brooks/Cole Publishing Company
http://www.thomson.com/brookscole/math/authors/tans
Supplementary Web resources: exercises, practice quizzes,
practice tests, suggested group projects, review questions,
and other sample additional materials for students and
instructors using Tan's publications:
 Applied Calculus (4th ed.)
 Applied Finite Mathematics (5th ed.)
 Calculus for the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences
(4th ed.)
The site also includes stepbystep instructions for using
TI82, TI83, and TI85 graphing calculators.
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