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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 2.38 (Sept. 22)
Posted:
Sep 21, 1997 3:47 PM


22 September 1997 Vol.2, No.38
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
MEGAMATH  Magic Decoder Game  Math Quotations Server
MEGAMATH
http://www.c3.lanl.gov/megamath/
Mathematicians experiment and play with creative and imaginative ideas, many of them accessible to children. Other ideas (infinity is a good example) have already piqued many children's curiosity, but their profound mathematical importance is not widely known or understood. The MegaMath project brings unusual and important mathematical ideas to elementary school classrooms so that students and teachers can think about them together.
The MegaMath site features:
 The Most Colorful Math of All  Games on Graphs  Untangling the Mathematics of Knots  Algorithms and Ice Cream for All  Machines that Eat Your Words  Welcome to the Hotel Infinity  A Usual Day at Unusual School
Ideas are provided for browsing MegaMath as
 a teacher http://www.c3.lanl.gov/megamath/teacher.html
 a student http://www.c3.lanl.gov/megamath/student.html
 or a mathematician http://www.c3.lanl.gov/megamath/mathematician.html
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MAGIC DECODER GAME
http://raphael.math.uic.edu/~jeremy/crypt/cgibin/magic_update.cgi
Crack the code of a secret message encrypted in a simple substitution cipher. You are supplied with a magic decoder device and some statistics to make the job easier:
 Enter your guesses in the box corresponding to the cipher text letter. You do not have to give a value for every letter; you can leave boxes blank.
 Hit the "Try It" button to see your substitutions above the cipher text in the message.
 Look for patterns which suggest words to refine your guesses.
From the Puzzle Ring site, by Jeremy T. Teitelbaum.
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MATHEMATICAL QUOTATIONS SERVER  FURMAN UNIVERSITY
http://math.furman.edu/~mwoodard/mquot.html
"A Mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.  Paul ErdÃ¶s
"On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."  Charles Babbage
"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater."  Albert Einstein
A collection of mathematical quotations culled from many sources. You may conduct a keyword search through the quotation database, download the whole collection at once (there are about 83 printed pages), or browse the quotations page by page. The quotations are organized in alphabetical order by the author's last name.
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