Saturday, October 14, 2006

Living Math Through History

Living Math Through History -- this is so cool! Yet another great thing over at The first set of topics fits great with our ancient history focus, so I'm going to have fun with this stuff while we wait for our next set of math curriculum books.

Introduction and Lesson 1: Math is Everywhere!
Ancient Roots of Mathematics in...
- Lesson 2: Africa and Asia
- Lesson 3 The Americas
- Lesson 4 China and India
- Lesson 5: Thales and the Egyptians
- Lesson 6: Pythagoras and the Early Greeks
- Lessons 7 and 8: Archimedes, Geometry and Pi; Archimedes' Myriads and Eratosthenes, The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

I discovered that our library has a copy of two books highly recommended at, The Joy of Mathematics and A History of Counting so I checked them out a few days ago -- again, very, very cool. Browsing through the very browsable The Joy of Mathematics, I'm remembering all sorts of fun math things that were part of why I enjoyed math. The book on the history of counting is fascinating: body counting, keeping count with symbolic objects, tallies, and then the development of numbers. An intriguing approach to mathematical concepts as well as how they developed, stories of math, and mathematicians.

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