Written by me
and available online
This page collects some links to stuff I wrote that is available
online. I've also written lots of book reviews, especially for the MAA Reviews (of which I am the
editor); those are not listed here.
Pathways from the Past
When we finished the first edition of Math through the Ages, Bill
Berlinghoff and I tried to put into practice our recommendation to use the
history of mathematics in teaching. The result was two booklets
called Pathways from the Past.
There are two
volumes. Each contains historically-based worksheets that teachers can use
to teach mathematics. Each set of worksheets comes with a 64-page
teacher’s manual that provides historical background and some
guidance on how to use this material in class. Amy
Shell-Gellasch reviewed
them in MAA Reviews.
There are two sets of worksheets. Pathways I focuses on Numbers,
Numerals, and Arithmetic, while Pathways II is about Algebra. Both
sets were originally published by Oxton House. Since they are no longer in
business, we have decided to make these available online:
- Download Pathways from the Past
I.
- Download Pathways from the Past
II.
Research and Expository
General Public
Some time back the Los Angeles Times asked me to write an op-ed
piece on mathematics. Specifically, they wanted to know why mathematicians
bothered with such things as finding large Mersenne primes. The resulting
short article appeared in the LA Times and in several other
papers. You can read it here. Most of the
feedback I got was from other mathematicians, so I'm not sure whether this
actually was of any interest to the mythical "general public."
Course Materials
- MA177: In the Fall of 1997 I taught an intro-level
course on (some of) the mathematics of the eighteenth century. Many
of the course materials are
available online.
Fernando Q. Gouvêa ---- fqgouvea@colby.edu
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