Ron Knott - Onsite Participant
University of Surrey, U.K.
Ron Knott has been responsible for developing the Fibonacci Numbers and Golden Section Web site at the University of Surrey. Its goal is to stimulate students at the pre-university level as well as the ordinary non-mathematical person on the Internet, to look more at mathematics and to make Maths fun - like a detective game hunting down patterns in numbers - and to see why proof is important in maths.
The site is quite large, covering Maths and nature, geometry, art, music, and architecture, with many puzzles, formulae, series, sums, and also number representations. It has received several major Web awards.
Ron envisions developing materials on proof or on logarithmic spirals - how to detect them and comparison with the Archimedean "swiss roll" spiral - or on the discrete maths functions of floor, ceiling, round, truncate, with their applications.
Ron spoke at the "Maths and the Internet" conference in the UK in May, and will be moving from his lecturing post to a job in developing Internet resources for maths teachers in the UK.
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