Math Forum Director Gene Klotz has assembled a hypertext document outlining his views of the effect of the World Wide Web on mathematics and math education. Although this "paper" will be the basis for a talk to be given to college mathematicians, it is written for a general audience.
- to give novices a good overview of the WWW and math; - to fill in gaps in the knowledge of more advanced users; - to examine where we appear to be going.
He offers controversial conclusions and imagines wonderful and horrible possibilities, along with strategies for seizing opportunities and avoiding pitfalls.
A form of this paper will be presented at the spring meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware section of the MAA.
M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was the famous Dutch graphic artist most recognized for spatial illusions, impossible buildings, repeating geometric patterns (tessellations), and masterful techniques in woodcutting and lithography.
What you notice at first glance is not all there is to see in Escher's work; his mathematically complex structures and spatial perspectives almost always require a second look.
This site also offers ideas and readings about Professor Roger Penrose and his mathematically based puzzles.
A series of tutorials for learning how to tessellate (somewhat in the style of M.C. Escher) using HyperCard or HyperStudio, ClarisWorks, LogoWriter, templates, or simple straightedge and compass.
These lessons include student work, units incorporating rotations and glide reflections, definitions, a discussion of symmetry (see "Where's the Math"), historical and geographical connections, and comments from people who have enjoyed using them. The tutorials provide ways to integrate art and math in the classroom, and offer imaginative entry points for writing across the curriculum.
Recent contributions from Betsy Bruns' 5th grade class at Hoffman School in Glenview, Illinois, and Maureen Grant's 8th graders at Northview Middle School in Indianapolis, Indiana, are featured in the Math Forum's Student Showcase. Tessellations by Suzanne Alejandre's own students at Frisbie Middle School in Rialto, California are accompanied by students' written comments on what they learned.
Due to a computer error, APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BEFORE MARCH 1, 1997 to the NSF-sponsored UFE workshop on Teaching Undergraduate Geometry to be held at Cornell University, June 9-14, 1997, HAVE BEEN LOST. This workshop is intended for college and university faculty who teach (or soon will teach) an undergraduate geometry course such as the courses typically attended by future or inservice teachers. For more information and an application form, visit their website or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. The DEADLINE for applications has been extended until APRIL 15.