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Jerry P. Becker

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New Video - Project MATHEMATICS!
Posted: Jul 2, 2000 3:32 PM
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Announcing a new Project MATHEMATICS! videotape:

This 30-minute program uses motion, color, music, and images
of original documents to outline some of the important developments
in the early history of mathematics, from Babylonian calendars on
clay tablets produced 5000 years ago, to landmark events leading to
the development of calculus in the seventeenth century.

It describes number symbols developed in different cultures; how
numerology gave birth to number theory; the Pythagorean Theorem; the
multi-cultural search for estimating the number pi; how astronomy
led to trigonometry; and efforts such as the creation of analytic
geometry that accelerated the development of calculus. It presents
computer-animated demonstrations of the Pythagorean Theorem, the
irrationality of the square root of two (a new geometric proof),
the formula for the area of a circular disk, and the method of
Archimedes for estimating pi.

A workbook/program guide to accompany this tape is also available.
Early History is the tenth in a series of award-winning modules
(videotapes and workbooks) produced by Project MATHEMATICS!, a
nonprofit effort based at Caltech. The programs are described
on the web site:

Production of this particular module was made possible by a generous
gift from Caltech Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Irving S. Reed, one of
the creators of the Reed-Solomon code.

Videotapes and workbooks can be ordered by mail or telephone from
the Caltech Bookstore, 1-51 Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125. Toll-free
telephone number: 1-800-514-BOOK. You can also place an order
online on the Bookstore's web page:

The tapes are reproduced on high-quality tape stock, and are
available in both VHS and PAL formats.

State Departments of Education

To provide the materials to schools at low cost, Project MATHEMATICS!
has chosen a unique distribution method. A consortium of 35 states
distributes the video cassettes and workbooks to high schools at
cost. Schools in the following states can obtain videotapes directly
from their State Mathematics Consultant:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,
Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Lousiana,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New
Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont,
Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

If you cannot receive copies from your state department of education,
you can purchase the Project MATHEMATICS! modules from the Caltech

See for specific
information regarding the person, address and telephone of the 35
state department of education contacts regarding the series of videos
in the Project MATHEMATICS! Some have a direct e-mail connection by
'clicking' on the person's name on this website.


Caltech Bookstore:

Repeating the above, in many states you can recieve a copy of our
modules either free or for the duplication cost from your State
Department of Education, as indicated above. Otherwise, the easiest
way to acquire Project modules is to purchase them from the Caltech
Bookstore. Order by mail or telephone from:

Caltech Bookstore
Mail Code 1-51
Pasadena, CA 91125
Telephone: 1-800-514-BOOK
FAX: 626-795-3156

The price of each module (one VHS tape and one workbook) is $34.90
plus postage/handling. Extra workbooks are $4.95 each. For California
delivery add 8.25% sales tax.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
(618) 457-8903 (home)


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