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Mathematics is not a deductive science -- that's a cliche. When you try to prove a theorem, you don't just list the hypotheses, and then start to reason. What you do is trial and error, experimentation, guesswork.
I Want to Be a Mathematician, Washington: MAA Spectrum, 1985.
What's in Convergence?
Contents of Volume 9 - 2012 (Loci - Volume 4)
Editors: Janet Beery, Kathleen Clark
Algebraic Formalism within the Works of Servois and Its Influence on the Development of Linear Operator Theory, by Anthony Del Latto and Salvatore Petrilli
This article describes how Servois’ failed attempt to construct a foundation for the calculus nevertheless helped shape modern mathematics.
Teaching the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: A Historical Reflection, by Jorge López Fernández and Omar Hernández Rodríguez
The authors argue that the teaching of elementary integration should better reflect its historical development.
Georg Cantor at the Dawn of Point Set Topology, by Nicholas Scoville
How the history of analysis, and in particular that of Fourier series, can be used to motivate the study of point-set topology
Considering non-unique representation of Maya calendar numbers may help your students understand their own number system better.
Download the two winning essays to learn about the history of using indivisibles to find the area under an arch of the cycloid in the 17th century and of the Radon transform and its use in x-ray tomography in the 20th century.
An image of an early 19th century perpetual calendar, together with a translation and explanation of its creator’s instructions for its use
Maya calendars as they were developed over time and the Maya modified base 20 number system used in the calendars
A discussion of the context and content of the 15th century Pamiers manuscript, with translations of its problems, including one for which negative solutions were acceptable
A comparison of five circa-1900 proofs of the famous theorem with a view toward improving student understanding of compactness
A comparison of the geometry found in two 18th century copybooks written with two very different purposes
Who's That Mathematician? Images from the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection, by Janet Beery and Carol Mead
An expanding and interactive feature with new photos every week throughout the year and the opportunity for you to provide additional information about them
In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman, by William J. Cook. Reviewed by Christopher Thompson.
Author William Cook recounts the history of and computational progress on the traveling salesman problem, emphasizing connections within mathematics and with other disciplines.
The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution, by Keith Devlin. Reviewed by Frank J. Swetz.
Author Keith Devlin brings to life the impact of the Pisan merchant and his Arabic numbers on medieval Europe.
Mathematics Emerging: A Sourcebook 1540–1900, by Jacqueline Stedall. Reviewed by Frank J. Swetz.
Our reviewer praises the selection of excerpts, the use of facsimiles rather than transcriptions, and the commentary and English translation in this collection.
This book suggests that the accepted historical chronology is fundamentally flawed.
Our reviewer finds this collection of translations of Babylonian mathematical texts to be both "remarkable" and accessible.