NCM news 2009: December

Mathematics and the arts
From the Notices of the American mathematical society

Mathematics links art and science in one great enterprise, the human attempt to make sense of the universe. ...
In the broad light of day mathematicians check their equations and their proofs, leaving no stone unturned in their search for rigour. But, at night, under the full moon, they dream, they float among the stars and wonder at the miracle of the heavens. They are inspired. Without dreams there is no art, no mathematics, no life.
(Abel Price winner and Fields-medalist Sir Michael F. Atiyah)

Mathematics and the arts


Adding Technology to Geometry Class Improves Opportunities to Learn
Gloriana González, a professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education at Illinois, says when students used dynamic geometry software they were more successful in discovering new mathematical ideas than when they used static, paper-based diagrams ... Sometimes students may understand the tool, but not the underlying mathematics behind the tool," González said. "Students can play, but teachers are trying to teach mathematics, not a particular tool.

Alice's adventures in algebra: Wonderland solved
Alice's Wonderland Is a World of Absurd Mathematics

The perfect way to slice a pizza
There's Real Math to Cutting Fair Slices of Pizza

Wikipedia co-founder launches YouTube-like web site for children
WhatchKnow ...

We need to base maths lessons on computers

Russian students outstanding in The Baltic Way Mathematical Team Competition 2009

Learning Mathematics for Life: A Perspective from PISA. The findings are important for curriculum planners, policy makers and in particular teachers - especially mathematics teachers of intermediate and lower secondary school classes.,3343,en_2649_35845621_44205381_1_1_1_1,...

Statement by Secretary Duncan on NAEP math 2009 trial urban district assessment,
 [US Dept of Education]
The nation's report card: Mathematics 2009 trial urban district assessment,
[US Dept of Education]
The common core state standards initiative, []
K-12 standards development teams, [, pdf]

TIMSS Advanced 2008