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Sarah Seastone

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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 2.14 (April 7)
Posted: Apr 6, 1997 12:17 AM
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7 April 1997 Vol.2, No.14

THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

Peterson's Articles | MAW - Tarrant | First Use of Math Symbols


IVARS PETERSON'S MATHLAND ARTICLES

http://www.maa.org

A weekly series from Science News writer Ivars Peterson
highlighting links between math and everyday concerns,
hosted by the Mathematical Association of America Website.

Recent articles describe how three people can take longer
to share gossip than four, how you can have your data (M&Ms)
and eat them too, and how a circular table designed by Lewis
Carroll introduced chaos and unpredictability into the game
of billiards.

The MathLand archives provide dozens more topics, from
"Curves and Lying Calculators" and "Pascal's Fractals" to
"Rolling with Reuleaux" (does a manhole cover have to be
round?), "Recycling Topology" (how is the recycling symbol
like a mobius band?), and the story of the first game between
World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and Computer Deep Blue.

Don't miss these informative and entertaining essays on
the world of mathematics.

http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathland_archives.html


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MATH AWARENESS WEEK AT TARRANT COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE

http://www.tcjc.cc.tx.us/campus_ne/ne_pages/math/maa/maw97.html

Math Awareness Week is officially scheduled for the week of
April 20-26, 1997, but Tarrant County Junior College in
Fort Worth, Texas celebrated it early.

From March 24-28, students could surf the Net and ask
questions in the lobby of the Arts and Technology Building.
On March 25, instead of its usual annual Sidewalk Graphing
party in which students have been invited to draw their
favorite graphs on the sidewalk in front of the Math
building, organizer Josef Brown decided to try something a
little different. He laid out dots on a grid approximating
a map of major campus buildings, and challenged competitors
to connect the dots in such a way that there would be a path
connecting any two dots. The shortest path submitted won.

http://www.tcjc.cc.tx.us/campus_ne/ne_pages/math/maa/MAW97/graph.htm

Special guest lecturers and a pool tournament rounded out
the week.

Is your school celebrating Math Awareness Week? It's not
too late to fill out this form and let us know so we can
add you to the MAW website:

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/maw/activity.form.html


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FIRST USE OF VARIOUS SYMBOLS: A MATH-HISTORY DISCUSSION

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/math-history-list/

It's my job to print the program for a state high
school math club convention next month, and on the
cover of the program I want to put columns of
mathematical symbols running down the left and
righthand side. I'd also like to put in tiny print
the name and date for the creator of each symbol,
and thus I'm asking some of you very knowledgeable
folks to peruse this list and tell me whether I
need to make any corrections...
- Jeff Miller


In answer to his March 15 question on the MATH-HISTORY
mailing list, Jeff received a number of generous
responses from Julio Gonzalez Cabillon and others. He
has made the information into a Web page:

EARLIEST USES OF VARIOUS MATHEMATICAL SYMBOLS

http://members.aol.com/jeff570/mathsym.html

Jeff writes:

"This page attempts to show the names of the individuals
who first used various common mathematical symbols, and
the dates the symbols first appeared. It is currently
in a very preliminary form. Additions, comments, and
corrections are welcome and will be credited."


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