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:

  1. Download Pathways from the Past I.
  2. 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

Fernando Q. Gouvêa ---- fqgouvea@colby.edu
Last modified: Mon Sep 06 10:16:25 -0400 2010