Bret Victor
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From the creator of Kill Math, Victor's "umbrella project for techniques that enable people to model and solve meaningful problems of quantity using concrete representations and intuitionguided exploration" in pursuit of a "widelyusable, insightgenerating alternative to symbolic math." Related and past math projects have included Visualizing Weights of Graph Edges; Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction, an interactive essay about using visualization in a systematic way to design and understand systems; Simulation as a Practical Tool, a precursor interactive essay driven by a word problem about skateboarding and tangency that outlines a form of practical mathematics based on concrete modeling, simulation, and visualization; Scrubbing Calculator, which explores practical algebraic problems without using symbolic variables; and Alligator Eggs, a game that teaches eight yearolds untyped lambda calculus. Victor holds degrees in electrical engineering, has earned two Apple Design Awards and a MacWorld fivestar rating for his BART train trip scheduler, and has worked as a HumanInterface Inventor at Apple, where he designed the initial user interface concepts for iPad, iPod Nano, and "half a dozen experimental hardware platforms."  


Levels:  Elementary, Middle School (68), High School (912), College 
Languages:  English 
Resource Types:  Problems/Puzzles, Web Interactive/Java 
Math Ed Topics:  Teaching Styles/Practices, Technology in Math Ed 
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