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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News, No. 13
Posted:
Dec 29, 1996 12:30 PM


30 December 1996 Vol.1, No.13
Math History  Internet Math by Topic  Math & Science Study: TIMSS
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
FINDING MATH HISTORY ON THE WEB
Who was Hypatia? How did the Babylonians and Egyptians use fractions? What was Fermat's Last Theorem? When did the quantum age begin? What is Ada Byron Lovelace famous for?
The Math Forum Internet Resource Collection provides a page of Internet MATH HISTORY sites at
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/~steve/steve/mathhistory.html
Here you'll find everything from ANCIENT MATHEMATICS (with links to materials at the Vatican and in the U.S. Library of Congress) to WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS, (biographies written by students at Agnes Scott College).
There are so many good sites, however, that it can take a long time to find just what you're looking for.
We recommend that for general history, chronologies, and biographies of mathematicians, you begin with the searchable MACTUTOR HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS ARCHIVE from St. Andrews, Scotland  don't miss the articles in their History Topics Index:
http://wwwgroups.dcs.stand.ac.uk:80/~history/ http://wwwgroups.dcs.stand.ac.uk:80/~history/HistoryTopics.html
Or, for Web resources, regional math, history by subject, books, and chronologies and timelines, try the HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS site maintained by David Joyce of Clark University:
http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/mathhist/mathhist.html
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INTERNET MATH BY TOPIC
As math resources on the Internet continue to expand, the Math Forum has added new categories for classifying sites. The full list of MATHEMATICS ON THE INTERNET BY TOPIC  from Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry to Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations or Fourier Analysis and Wavelets  with links to exhaustive lists of resources for each topic, can be found at:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/~steve/steve/mathtopics.html
We also offer SELECTED MATH RESOURCES BY SUBJECT, a subset that includes only the resources we consider to be the best:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/math.topics.html
Choose OTHER ADVANCED MATH to find collections assembled by AMS and SIAM or to try the Forum search tools.
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THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY (TIMSS)
The goal of this study is to assess school achievement in mathematics and science in nearly 50 countries. Designed to provide a comparative assessment of international educational achievement to date, it studies student outcomes, instructional practices, curricula, and cultural context.
Don't miss The TIMSS Videotape Classroom Study, a video survey of eighthgrade mathematics lessons in Germany, Japan, and the United States:
http://www.ed.gov/NCES/timss/video/index.html
We invite you to participate in a discussion area the Math Forum has recently begun hosting for this classroom study project:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/vstudy
TIMSS is a project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations. For comprehensive information consult:
http://www.ed.gov/NCES/timss/
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