POPMathematics

What is POP Mathematics?

    Did you ever wonder what made your teacher get so excited about some topic in Mathematics? On this page, we will try to collect items about Mathematics one of which hopefully may explain this weird behavior. Also included on this page are links which we couldn't figure out where to put otherwise.

The Abacus:The Art of Calculating with Beads A tutorial on using the abacus. If you are using a java-capable browser then this page is interactive.
Adventure Games, Permutations and Spreadsheets Puzzles have long been a source of motivation for the exploration of mathematical concepts, theory, and computation. Multimedia adventure games with creative storylines, movies, sophisticated graphics, and sound, are the modern context for both new and classic puzzles. We will show how some of these puzzles can be modeled with directed graphs and the resulting mathematical work can be carried out with nothing more than a computer spreadsheet.
Scientific American
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Answers to a number of math related questions as What is the origin of zero? How did we indicate nothingness before zero? When is the beginning of the new millennium? What is Pi and how did it originate? The reader can also send in questions.
Biographies of Women Mathematicians These pages are part of an on-going project by students in mathematics classes at Agnes Scott College to illustrate the numerous contributions by women to the field of mathematics. Our goal is for this list to continue to expand, and for more biographies to be completed.
Calculating Machines The history of mathematics goes a long way back with devices and methods of calculation. Starting with the ancient Abacus, the slide rule and the logarithms, the mechanical calculating machines, the electromechanical calculators and finally the electronic computer. This site deals mainly with the mechanical calculating machines.
Calculators On-Line Want to convert kilograms to pounds, to figure out how long is it going to take to pay a mortgage, to find the inverse of a matrix, etc. check out this page of links to sites which can help you find out the answers to these and other questions on-line.
Centre for the Popularisation of Mathematics Our aim is to present Mathematics to as wide as possible an audience, and to give an impression for mathematics of the objects of study of mathematics, the methodology of mathematics, the successes and applications of mathematics, the enjoyment of mathematics, and the wider context of mathematics. In this way we hope to allow the public and government to obtain a more accurate view of the place of mathematics in our understanding of the world, and our ability to work and live within it.
Chaos, Fractals, and Arcadia An animated description of some of the mathematical ideas lurking in the background of Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia.
Classic Fallacies On this page are announced some startling discoveries, claims to having found conclusive proof that 1 is equal to 2, that every person in Canada is the same age, that a ladder will fall infinitely fast if you pull on it, and many other results that threaten the very fabric of common sense.
Date of Easter Find out how the date of Easter is determined in this page from EasyMaths. An Excel spreadsheet that calculates the date of Easter is provided.
Dave's Math Tables What is the volume of a sphere? the integral of tan(x)? Many formulas from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, etc. are contained here.
The Diet Problem The goal of the diet problem is to find the cheapest combination of foods that will satisfy all the daily nutritional requirements of a person. The problem is formulated as a linear program where the objective is to minimize cost and meet constraints which require that nutritional needs be satisfied. We include constraints that regulate the number of calories and amounts of vitamins, minerals, fats, sodium and cholesterol in the diet. The diet problem case study is part of the NEOS Guide, an online book about optimization. The Optimization Technology Center (Argonne National Lab and Northwestern University) seeks to make optimization information available through the NEOS Guide and the NEOS Server.
Erdos number project Paul Erdos was a prolific mathematics writer. A person has Erdos number 1 if he/she has written a paper with Paul Erdos. A person has Erdos number 2 if he/she has written a paper with a person who has Erdos number 1. A person has Erdos number 3 ...
Eric's Treasure Trove of Mathematics What is Geometrography? Find out by checking this collection of math terms, equations, derivations, etc. compiled by Eric Weisstein.
Eye Openner Series See a "proof by pictures" that 99=100! This site has a collection of geometrical puzzles (powered by JAVA) which can be used to motivate some interesting algebra problems.
The Women and Science page
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Exploring Your Future In Math And Science
As part of a final project for a Women's Studies course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we chose to explore the reasons why women are less likely to enter professions in math and science, and we would like to act as student voices to let you know how beneficial it would be for society and the continuous advancement of women if more women were involved in these the sciences.
Famous Nonmathematicians We often tell our students that there are many things besides teaching and actuarial work that they can do with a degree in mathematics, but I don't think they believe us. Over the years, I've put together a list of well-known people who were math majors (or some equivalent in other countries and times), although not all of them completed their degrees.
Fermat's Last Tango A Broadway musical about mathematics!
Fermat's Last Theorem
  • The Mathematics of Fermat's Last Theorem
    A whirlwind tour of number theory and related mathematical fields that are relevant to FLT and the concepts that have turned out to be fundamental to its proof.
Fields Prizes At the 1924 International Congress of Mathematicians in Toronto, a resolution was adopted that at each ICM, two gold medals should be awarded to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement. Professor J. D. Fields, a Canadian mathematician who was secretary of the 1924 Congress, later donated funds establishing the medals which were named in his honor. The Fields prizes can be considered as the Nobel Prizes in Mathematics.
First Digit Phenomenon In many lists of numbers, why are there usually more numbers starting with 1 than 9?
Fractals This the Mathematics Archives' collection of links to sites containing information on fractals.
The Future of Mathematics ? This page, from the Canadian Mathematical Society contains a collection of links to articles about what some think the future promises for mathematics and mathematicians.
Glossary of Mathematical Mistakes This is a list of mathematical mistakes made over and over by advertisers, the media, reporters, politicians, activists, and in general many non-math people.
The Goudreau Museum of Mathematics in Art and Science The Goudreau Museum of Mathematics in Art and Science seeks to promote and encourage interest in mathematics for everyone, regardless of age or mathematical background. Founded in 1980 by the late Bernard Goudreau, an engineer and mathematics teacher, the Math Museum has developed into a unique learning and resource center for adults students and teachers. Presently, it reaches more than 15,000 persons annually through workshops, programs, special events, and exhibitions.
History of Mathematics This site contains extensive information on the History of Mathematics including bibliographies and links to sites which have similar information. Some of the interesting features are the Chronological List of Mathematicians and Regional Mathematics.
For related links, check out the History of Mathematics section of the Mathematics Archives' Topics in Mathematics
Images and Mathematics This is the Mathematics Archives' collection of links to sites to some very interesting graphics and art generated by using mathematics and animations illustrating mathematical concepts.
Ivars Peterson's MathTrek Archives Short articles on various mathematical topics from ScienceNewsOnline.
John Conway's Game of Life The Game of Life, invented by John Conway, is played on a field of cells, each of which has eight neighbors. A cell is either occupied (by an organism) or not. There are various rules for deriving a new generation from the previous one. This is an interactive page.
Knots on the Web This page contains a collections which are divided into three sections: Knot Tying, Knot Theory, and Knot Art. But knot lovers will understand that these distinctions are artificial. For example, a good practical knot is both a nugget of hard-won technology and a thing of beauty. Decorative knotting can be useful, and in any case requires uncommon dexterity and practical tying ability.
MacTutor History of Mathematics This archive is part of the Mathematical MacTutor system developed at the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences of the University of St Andrews for learning and experimenting with mathematics. The archive contains the biographies of more than 550 mathematicians. About 200 of these biographies are fairly detailed and most are accompanied by pictures of the mathematicians themselves.
For related links, check out the History of Mathematics section of the Mathematics Archives' Topics in Mathematics
Magic Squares History and properties of various Magic Squares.
Math in Daily Life: How do numbers affect everyday decisions? When you buy a car, follow a recipe, or decorate your home, you're using math principles. People have been using these same principles for thousands, even millions, of years, across countries and continents. Whether you're sailing a boat off the coast of Japan or building a house in Peru, you're using math to get things done. How can math be so universal?
Math Whizzes Want Respect in Equation An article from the Los Angeles Times which documents that Mathematicians are the behind-the-scenes workers for Hollywood, shuttle launches and crime scenes.
MATHEMATICIANS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA A collection of WWW pages to exhibit the accomplishments of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora within the Mathematical Sciences.
Mathematics Awareness Week Mathematics Awareness Week is held in late April each year to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. It began in 1986 with a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan.
The Math in the Movies Page A Guide to Major Motion Pictures with Scenes of Real Mathematics.
Math Pages This site contains over 300 short articles on a variety of mathematical topics, including number theory, combinatorics, geometry, algebra, calculus, differential equations, probability, statistics, physics, and the history of mathematics.
Mathematical Games
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Math related comics and cartoons
Mathematical Digest Short summaries of articles about mathematics in the popular press.
Mathematical Quotations This page from Furman University points to a collection of mathematical quotations culled from many sources.
Mathematics and Knots An Exhibition Presented by the School of Mathematics of the University of Wales, Bangor. Key aims of mathematics are to show new perspectives, views, and order in what seems initially a tangle of unanalysable phenomena. This is one impression of mathematics that we wish to convey to the viewer.
Mathematics Essays from the Web This is intended to be a collection of (straight-text) articles about aspects of mathematics at or above the collegiate level, but (usually) not at the level of current research. Once an archive of the author's essays, this collection now includes many nice articles from the Web which are written by others. Topics range from topology to combinatorics to number theory to geometry to ... .
Mathematics of Cartography Learn how mathematics is used in the making of maps.
MendelWeb MendelWeb is an educational resource for teachers and students interested in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science.
Metric System and Unit Conversion A liter is how many gallons?
The Moebius Strip A one-sided object?
MusiNum - The Music in the Numbers Music and mathematics always had a close relationship. On this site you can find a number of tunes which were composed mathematically and find a program, Musinum, which is a program which turns the integers into music. In addition, you can compose your own MIDI sequence.
Numbers. This is the Mathematics Archives collection of links to various sites which have interesting information about numbers; for example, what are the largest known prime numbers, what are the first one million digits of pi, etc?
Omar Khayyam and a Geometric Solution of the Cubic A student project, written by June Jones, which gives information on how Omar Khayyam, the Persian poet and mathematician, found a geometric solution of a cubic about 900 years ago.
AN OUTLINE OF THE HISTORY OF GAME THEORY Very nice History of Game Theory written up by Paul Walker, Drexel University, for an honors colloquium on game theory. Includes a bibliography.
The Palo Alto Institute for Advanced Study Some very politically incorrect science and mathematics - a popular and sometimes humorous approach to foibles, fatal flaws, and other shortcomings and... oversights! in the foundations oF science and mathematics which we hope is accessible (e.g. psychologically!) to scientists as well as non-scientists, to mathematicians as well as non-mathematicians.
PASS - Public Awareness and Schools Support for Mathematics Allergic to mathematics? It seems that many people are. Of course, if you are reading this editorial, it's likely that you aren't as allergic as some. So here is the basic problem confronting the PASS Maths project and its editorial policy: how to explain the purpose of mathematics to a wider audience, including some who have decided it's not for them, and who do not realise what they are missing.
Pentominoes Learn about pentominoes and the patterns they create and what pentominoes have to do with Escher, Penrose, Logic,Impossible Objects, Mathematics and Art.
Perspective Drawing How is mathematics used in drawing pictures?
Posters in the London Underground During World Mathematical Year 2000, a sequence of posters designed at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences were displayed month by month in the trains of the London Underground (subway).
Primordial Soup Kitchen See some of the neat images which show some of the ideas of Cellular Automata.
Prove Anything Methods for getting people to believe you (as good as, if not better than, proof). A collection of proof techniques that will prove invaluable to both mathematicians and members of the general public.
Queens on a Chessboard The Queens Problem is that of positioning queens on an otherwise empty chessboard so that no queen is under attack by another.
Recreational Mathematics This page from CAMEL was the inspiration for this page.
Round Earth, Flat Maps On these pages from National Geographic, encounter the options available to our cartographers and the tools that help them face the challenge of portraying a round Earth on flat maps.
Sci.Math FAQ This is a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions for the newsgroup sci.math. This document contains responses to questions which have asked many, many times on sci.math. Includes information about numbers, famous problems in mathematics, mathematical games, formulas, etc.
SCI-PHILATELY - Mathematics and Computation Postage stamps which feature mathematicians and mathematics.
Spirals Of Primes An interactive page from a Studies in Mathematics class at the University of Chicago.
Spirograph A Spirograph is formed by rolling a circle inside or outside of another circle with a pen which is placed at any point on the rolling circle. This is an interactive page which draws spirographs. You will need a browser which supports JAVA to use this page.
Through Mazes to Mathematics Labyrinths (the word used here for a special kind of maze) have been constructed and enjoyed by people since pre-historic times. Recently a way has been found to encode these patterns numerically, and to use the mathematical formulation to study existing labyrinths and to generate new ones.
Topics in Mathematical Recreations Find out what are Enigmaths and Adventitious Angles. This is St. Andrews' version of POPMathematics!
Unit Conversion How many miles is 500 kilometers? Is 30 degrees Celsius hot or cold? Use this conversion program to find out!
A Visual Dictionary of Special Plane Curves Do you know what is a Nephroid? Check out information about this curve and many other curves. Many graphs are drawn and there are mathematica and geometry sketchpad notebooks for sketching these curves.
Who’s Counting? A monthly column on ABCNEWS.com written by John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics at Temple University. Titles include Nothing Wrong
With Fuzzy Math, Statistics and Wrongdoing, No Math In Miracles, etc.
Why is there no Nobel Prize in Mathematics? Six Nobel Prizes are awarded each year, one in each of the following categories: literature, physics, chemistry, peace, economics, and physiology & medicine. Notably absent from this list is an award for Mathematics. The reason for this conspicuous omission has been subject of extensive speculations, some of which are discussed here.
Women in Math Project Site contains a collection of publications about gender and mathematics, feminist theories of science, selected publications on gender and science, and other related topics a collection of biographies of women mathematical scientists, information and links to informational sites on job, grant, conference and scholarship opportunities for women in mathematics, etc.
World Mathematical Year 2000