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Bret Victor

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Description: 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 intuition-guided exploration" in pursuit of a "widely-usable, insight-generating 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 year-olds untyped lambda calculus. Victor holds degrees in electrical engineering, has earned two Apple Design Awards and a MacWorld five-star rating for his BART train trip scheduler, and has worked as a Human-Interface 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 (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles, Web Interactive/Java
Math Ed Topics: Teaching Styles/Practices, Technology in Math Ed

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