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Topic: Update re geometry curriculum
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Kirby Urner

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Update re geometry curriculum
Posted: Jun 24, 2008 4:11 PM
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Greetings math teachers. As Haim might have told you,
we've got a big retrospective on Bucky and his applied
geometry at the Whitney, with a spate of international
press helping with the reassessment (New Yorker, Herald
Tribune, NYT).

The Herald Tribune actually goes so far as to use the word
"tetrahedron", which I remarked on as a bold move.

I continue serving Oregon and Washington markets, not
forgetting Katrina Math (lots archived here), plus Anna's
TECC-Alaska is still very much on my radar. I'm still
tapping in through our local Linus Pauling House to
enfranchised engineers, plus I acquired more contacts
with math types thanks to Pycon / Chicago (talking about in particular).

For those who don't know, I'm on the speaking circuit (or
have been, taking it easier in this my 50th year, mostly
local gigs, not Vilnius again) touting (and field testing)
some futuristic hybrid of traditional math and computer
science, saying this'd be way more relevant pre-college
than that diet of calculator-based calculus-centric stuff.
At least in my own Silicon Forest, these arguments
make plenty of sense, so that's where we're focusing
mostly (helps that we're based here).

Anyway, our Brooklyn-based BFI will be vectoring lots of
VIP tour groups through those New York exhibits (maybe
wave if ya see me), helping to get our geometry curriculum
back on the map in elite circles. So-called Gnu Math is
not intended as all/only esoteric however. Via OLPC etc.,
soon no school child will be left behind vis-a-vis such
as Fibonacci numbers, Pascal's Triangle, various other
important sequences, all programmable in very few lines
of code, maybe in only one line in some languages.

More later,

Kirby Urner

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