 Edward Tufte
The work of Tufte and Graphics Press. Read testimonials about his books and purchase them online: The Graphic Display of Quantitative Information, Envisioning Information, and Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. In the Ask E.T. moderated forum, Tufte answers questions dealing with information design. Register for his oneday course, "Presenting Data and Information," which covers fundamental strategies of information design; evaluating evidence used in presentations; tables, graphics, semigraphics, and other statistical data; complexity and clarity; use of video, overheads, computers, and handouts; multimedia, internet, and websites. The section titled "New ET Writings, Artworks, and News" includes Graphics of the Day, "Longterm survival rates of cancer patients achieved by the end of the 20th century," translations of Charles Joseph Minard, and classic articles, such as Stephen J. Gould's "The Median Isn't the Message," Frederick Mosteller's "Classroom and Platform Performance," John W. Tukey's "Some Graphic and Semigraphic Displays," and Austin Bradford Hill's "The Environment and Disease: Association or Causation?" Preview and buy ghost grid printed on acidfree paper "for artists and scientists," and posters of Tufte's own "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint"; Russian cosmonaut, Georgi Grechko's "Historic Visual Diary of Spaceflight: Cyclogram"; and "Napoleon's March," Minard's portrayal of the losses suffered by Napoleon's army in the Russian campaign of 1812. See also Tufte's fine art and sculpture, including Escaping Flatland and "Cognitive Art: A Portfolio of Five Original Prints," from Envisioning Information.
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 Mathematical Communication  Mathematical Association of America
Resources for engaging undergraduate students in writing and speaking about mathematics, whether for the purpose of learning mathematics or of learning to communicate as mathematicians. General principles of mathematical communication range from research on communication and its pedagogy, to precision and rigor; and from notation to types of proof, proofwriting strategies, and proof elegance. Learn how to plan for math lab classes, the Moore method, inquirybased learning, and other courses; find model assignments on delivering presentations and on writing, examples of good math writing and good math presentations, and tips for revising writing, facilitating peer critique, engaging the audience, listening to mathematics, and providing feedback. See, in particular, suggestions in response to the question, "How can I objectively grade something as subjective as communication?" Originally a project of the M.I.T. Department of Mathematics, Mathematical Communication received an NSDL grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to make the site public, and is now hosted by the Mathematical Association of America as part of MathDL.
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 Mathematics as a Language  Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles, Alexander Bogomolny
An essay defending the language of mathematics, including examples from plain English, linguistics, life sciences, physics and chemistry, and deliberate misuse, and math lingo: a bad meme virus.
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 A Short Guide to Writing Mathematics  Stephen B. Maurer; Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics, Swarthmore College
A guide to mathematics writing for college students who want to learn mathematical style  math majors or prospective majors, or students who will go into other quantitative fields and expect to communicate with mathematics in their careers. You may contact the author to download the book; in addition,
Advice on Note Taking, and Common Word Errors in Writing Mathematics (examples of ways students misuse key mathematical words like "equation") are online, together with the Table of Contents down to the subsubsection level (in plain text format).
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 Writing Math (Learning and Mathematics)  Joan Countryman; Math Forum
In her 1993 book Writing to Learn Mathematics, Joan Countryman, the Head of Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, explores the relation between math and writing and provides a comprehensive description of the approach she takes to teaching math in middle and high school. Countryman stresses the idea that the use of writing exercises in math classes leads to both a better understanding of the material and heightened math communication skills. The techniques Countryman employs in her classroom include journals, freewrites, learning logs, written descriptions of problems, autobiographies, and formal papers. A geometry.precollege newsgroup discussion.
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