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Posts tagged with 'math' and 'history' at MetaFilter.Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11:42:18 -0800Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11:42:18 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss603Blue1Brown: Reminding the world that math makes sense
http://www.metafilter.com/150242/3Blue1Brown%2DReminding%2Dthe%2Dworld%2Dthat%2Dmath%2Dmakes%2Dsense
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_0yfvm0UoU">Understanding e to the pi i</a> - "<a href="http://www.3blue1brown.com/s/HowToThinkAboutExponentials.pdf">An intuitive explanation</a> as to why <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04hz49f" title="Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Euler's number, also known as e. First discovered in the seventeenth century by the Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli when he was studying compound interest, e is now recognised as one of the most important and interesting numbers in mathematics. Roughly equal to 2.718, e is useful in studying many everyday situations, from personal savings to epidemics. It also features in Euler's Identity, sometimes described as the most beautiful equation ever written. With: Colva Roney-Dougal, Reader in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews; June Barrow-Green, Senior Lecturer in the History of Maths at the Open University; and Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford.">e</a> to the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004y291" title="Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the most detailed number in nature. In the Bible's description of Solomon's temple it comes out as three, Archimedes calculated it to the equivalent of 14 decimal places and today's super computers have defined it with an extraordinary degree of accuracy to its first 1.4 trillion digits. It is the longest number in nature and we only need its first 32 figures to calculate the size of the known universe within the accuracy of one proton. We are talking about Pi, 3.14159 etc, the number which describes the ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference. How has something so commonplace in nature been such a challenge for maths? And what does the oddly ubiquitous nature of Pi tell us about the hidden complexities of our world? With: Robert Kaplan, co-founder of the Maths Circle at Harvard University; Eleanor Robson, Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University; and Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick.">pi</a> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tt6b2" title="Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss imaginary numbers. In the sixteenth century, a group of mathematicians in Bologna found a solution to a problem that had puzzled generations before them: a completely new kind of number. For more than a century this discovery was greeted with such scepticism that the great French thinker Rene Descartes dismissed it as an 'imaginary' number. The name stuck - but so did the numbers. Long dismissed as useless or even fictitious, the imaginary number i and its properties were first explored seriously in the eighteenth century. Today the imaginary numbers are in daily use by engineers, and are vital to our understanding of phenomena including electricity and radio waves. With: Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University; Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick; and Caroline Series, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick.">i</a> equals -1 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rVHLZm5Aho">without a hint</a> of calculus. This is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLzLxVeqdQg">not your usual</a> Taylor series nonsense." (<a href="https://twitter.com/stevenstrogatz/status/604653212214292481" title="''A star is born.''">via</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Noahpinion/status/604679198259580928" title="''Best geek video I've seen all week.''">via</a>; <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/math/comments/2xzzk0/nontaylorseries_explanation_for_eulers_formula/">reddit</a>; <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/89918/Math-is-beautiful">previously</a>) <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYO_jab_esuFRV4b17AJtAw">More videos from 3Blue1Brown</a>: "<a href="http://www.3blue1brown.com/">3Blue1Brown</a> is some combination of math and entertainment, depending on your disposition. The goal is for explanations to be <a href="http://www.3blue1brown.com/about/" title="''When the tool I am building for animations becomes something besides a jumble of Python and Duct tape, I'll make it publicly available so that anyone can use it to easily illustrate their own explanations.''">driven by animations</a>, for difficult problems to be made simple with changes in perspective, and for philosophizing to be limited to the brevity and semantic constraints of silly poetry. Basically, math sits in <a href="https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905/posts/QAhMH35LThk">an ivory tower it built itself out of</a> jargon and impossibly long sequences of (seemingly) logical steps, and I would like to take it out for a walk to <a href="http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/09/%CF%80/">meet everyone</a>." tag:metafilter.com,2015:site.150242Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11:42:18 -0800kliulessOne plus one is equal to two - calculus in text is left as an excercise
http://www.metafilter.com/139348/One%2Dplus%2Done%2Dis%2Dequal%2Dto%2Dtwo%2Dcalculus%2Din%2Dtext%2Dis%2Dleft%2Das%2Dan%2Dexcercise
<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2014/may/21/notation-history-mathematical-symbols-joseph-mazur">I was surprised to learn that few people knew that almost all maths was written rhetorically before the 16th century, often in metered poetry.</a> Even our wonderful symbol for equality – you know, those two parallel lines – was not used in print before 1575. tag:metafilter.com,2014:site.139348Sat, 24 May 2014 08:00:49 -0800sammyoWhere My Ladies At?
http://www.metafilter.com/134514/Where%2DMy%2DLadies%2DAt
Recently Emily Graslie, of the fantastic natural history <a href="http://thebrainscoop.tumblr.com/">tumblr</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop?feature=watch">youtube series TheBrainScoop</a>, was asked a question about whether she had personally experienced sexism in her field. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRNt7ZLY0Kc">Her response is fucking amazing.</a> <blockquote>Inside is her goldmine of awesome female science educators online with channels that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math. My work day is fucked.</blockquote> Science (biology): <blockquote>Anna Rothschild, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/NOVAonline">Gross Science</a>
Claire, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/BrilliantBotany">Brilliant Botany</a>
Sally Le Page, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/shedscience">Shed Science</a>
Julia Wilde, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/wildescience/videos">That's So Science</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/DrBondar">Dr. Bondar</a>
Lindsay Doe, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/sexplanations">Sexplanations</a>
Laci Green, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/lacigreen">Sex+</a>
Annie Gaus, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/pickyourpoisonshow">Pick your Poison</a>
Vanessa Hill, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/braincraftvideo">BrainCraft</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePenguinProf">The Penguin Prof</a>
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/AmoebaSisters">Amoeba Sisters</a></blockquote>Science (misc.):<blockquote>Maddie Moate, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/earthunplugged">Earth Unplugged</a>
Elise Andrew, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/IFLScience">I F*cking Love Science</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/rkwatson/videos">Rebecca Watson</a>
Alex Dainis, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Lexie527/">Bite Sci-zed</a>
<a href="http://bit.ly/1dAXh9T">Amy Shira Teitel</a>
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/joannelovesscience/">Joanne Manaster</a>
Jessica King, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/jessicasfieldnotes">FieldNotes</a>
Meg Rosenburg, <a href="http://bit.ly/18rbhRF">Tales from the History of Science</a>
Ella, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/EllaC522/">Sci-Files</a>
Dr. Kiki, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ThisWeekinScience">This Week in Science</a>
Boonsri, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ElementalDIY/">Elemental</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/fyfluiddynamics">Eff Yeah Fluid Dynamics</a>
Allison Jack, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/AllisonLHJack/">Agricultural Science</a>
Katie McGill, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/thephysicsfactor">The Physics Factor</a></blockquote>Technology: <blockquote>Amanda Aizuss, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/iTalkApple/">iTalkApple</a>
Emily Eifler, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/BlinkPopShift/">BlinkPopShift</a>
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/ContourCorsets">Fran Blanche</a>
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/nixiedoeslinux">Nixie Pixel</a></blockquote>Engineering: <blockquote><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/jeriellsworth">Jerri Ellsworth</a>
Limor "Ladyada" <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/adafruit/">Fried</a></blockquote>Math: <blockquote><a href="http://www.youtube.com/vihart">ViHart</a>
Saramoira Shields, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/SqueakyMcBald/">Mathematigal</a>
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/LookingGlassUniverse/">LookingGlassUniverse:</a>
Rebecca Thomas, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/deadbunnyguides/">Dead Bunny Guides</a></blockquote>
<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/125049/Be-forewarned-sometimes-often-there-are-guts">TheBrainScoop previously</a> tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.134514Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:57:38 -0800BlasdelbThe number of constituent particles in one mole of a given substance.
http://www.metafilter.com/128865/The%2Dnumber%2Dof%2Dconstituent%2Dparticles%2Din%2Done%2Dmole%2Dof%2Da%2Dgiven%2Dsubstance
<a href="http://youtu.be/ZMByI4s-D-Y">Avogadro Project</a> - The International <a href="http://www.acpo.csiro.au/avogadro.htm">Avogadro project</a> relates the kilogram to the mass of a fixed number of atoms by <a href="http://www.npl.co.uk/science-technology/mass-and-force/research/avogadro-project">measuring the number of atoms in a sphere of silicon.</a>
I'll leave <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilogram">this</a> here. tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.128865Sat, 08 Jun 2013 02:52:02 -0800hyperslothComputerized Math, Formal Proofs and Alternative Logic
http://www.metafilter.com/126041/Computerized%2DMath%2DFormal%2DProofs%2Dandamp%2DAlternative%2DLogic
<a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/03/computers-and-math/all/">Using computer systems for doing mathematical proofs</a> - "With the proliferation of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-assisted_proof">computer-assisted proofs</a> that are all but impossible to check by hand, Hales thinks computers must become the judge." <blockquote>Three years ago, Vladimir Voevodsky, one of the organizers of a new program on the foundations of mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., discovered that a formal logic system that was developed by computer scientists, called "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_theory">type theory</a>" could be used to re-create the entire mathematical universe from scratch. Type theory is consistent with the mathematical axioms, but couched in the language of computers. Voevodsky believes this alternative way to formalize mathematics, which he has renamed the <a href="http://video.ias.edu/univalent/voevodsky">univalent foundations of mathematics</a>, will streamline the process of formal theorem proving. Voevodsky and his team are adapting a <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/4BZRibN6iKQ">program named Coq</a>, which was designed to formally verify computer algorithms, for use in abstract mathematics.</blockquote>
also btw, speaking of mathematical revolutions, from a historical perspective, check out <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-man-of-numbers-fibona&print=true">The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution</a> - "Before the 13th century Europeans used Roman numerals to do arithmetic. Leonardo of Pisa, better known today as Fibonacci, is largely responsible for the adoption of the Hindu–Arabic numeral system in Europe, which revolutionized not only mathematics but commerce and trade as well. How did the system spread from the Arab world to Europe, and what would our lives be without it?" tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.126041Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:33:01 -0800kliulessGive or take
http://www.metafilter.com/125904/Give%2Dor%2Dtake
<a href="https://blogs.stsci.edu/livio/2013/03/12/where-and-when-did-the-symbols-%E2%80%9C%E2%80%9D-and-%E2%80%9C%E2%80%93%E2%80%9D-originate/">The origins of plus and minus signs</a> - "There be other 2 signes in often use of which the first is made thus + and betokeneth more: the other is thus made – and betokeneth lesse." tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.125904Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:27:13 -0800spbmpWhat is the smallest prime?
http://www.metafilter.com/120047/What%2Dis%2Dthe%2Dsmallest%2Dprime
<a href="http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2007">What is the smallest prime?</a> "It seems that the number two should be the obvious answer, and today it is, but it was not always so. There were times when and mathematicians for whom the numbers one and three were acceptable answers. To find the first prime, we must also know what the first positive integer is. Surprisingly, with the definitions used at various times throughout history, one was often not the first positive integer (some started with two, and a few with three). In this article, we survey the history of the primality of one, from the ancient Greeks to modern times. We will discuss some of the reasons definitions changed, and provide several examples. We will also discuss the last significant mathematicians to list the number one as prime." tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.120047Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:42:13 -0800escabecheA Shory Biography of Emmy Noether
http://www.metafilter.com/114270/A%2DShory%2DBiography%2Dof%2DEmmy%2DNoether
<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/science/emmy-noether-the-most-significant-mathematician-youve-never-heard-of.html">Amalie Noether: The Mighty Mathematician You've Never Heard Of</a> tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.114270Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:21:13 -0800jjrayNewton and Leibniz invent calculus.
http://www.metafilter.com/112635/Newton%2Dand%2DLeibniz%2Dinvent%2Dcalculus
There were ways to find the tangent to a curve, and the area under one, in an ad hoc manner before <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObPg3ki9GOI">the birth of calculus</a>. It was even known that these two were inverses of each other. tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.112635Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:10:55 -0800Obscure ReferenceThe Cartoon Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything
http://www.metafilter.com/104269/The%2DCartoon%2DGuide%2Dto%2DLife%2Dthe%2DUniverse%2Dand%2DEverything
<a href="http://www.sfweekly.com/content/printVersion/315612/">Larry Gonick</a> is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running <i><a href="http://www.scribd.com/collections/2344019/Cartoon-History-of-the-Universe">Cartoon History of the Universe</a></i> (later <i><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780060760045">The Cartoon History</a> of <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780060760083">the Modern World</a></i>), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by <a href="http://i.imgur.com/PEYlY.jpg">fun illustrated bibliographies</a>) and tackling even the most obscure events <a href="http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse">with intelligence and wit</a>. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's <a href="http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html">Zinn</a>-by-way-of-<i><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo_(comic_strip)">Pogo</a></i> chronicle <i><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062730985">The Cartoon History of the United States</a></i>, along with a bevy of <i>Cartoon Guides</i> to other topics, including <i><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/39058450/Larry-Gonick-The-Cartoon-Guide-to-Genetics#fullscreen:on">Genetics</a>, <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/38650056/nick">Computer Science</a>, <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780060936778">Chemistry</a>, <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062731005">Physics</a>, <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062731029">Statistics</a>, <a href="http://www.larrygonick.com/html/pub/books/sci2.html#">The Environment</a></i>, and (yes!) <i><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062734310">Sex</a></i>. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20080512014501/http://china.candidemedia.com/html/dispatches/cartoonarc1.html">a webcomic look at Chinese invention</a>, <a href="http://www.msri.org/ext/larryg/index.htm">assorted math comics</a> (<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/21475/Teaching-physics-with-superheroes">previously</a>), the <a href="http://caruspub.richfx.com.edgesuite.net/catalog_caruspub/Mussampler0509/index.aspx?rfx_passback="><i>Muse</i> magazine</a> mainstay <i><a href="http://www.cricketmag.com/activity_display.asp?id=194">Kokopelli & Co.</a></i> (featuring the shenanigans of his <a href="http://www.cricketmag.com/activity_display.asp?id=197">"New Muses"</a>), and <a href="http://www.larrygonick.com/html/pub/jus.html">more</a>. See also <a href="http://archives.tcj.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=208&Itemid=48">these lengthy interview snippets</a>, linked <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/19875/">previously</a>. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! <b>Reading note:</b> All the book titles in the post above link to readable versions on the web. Some of the older <i>Cartoon Guides</i> and the first chunk of the original <i>Cartoon History of the Universe</i> comics (through Volume 9 -- ancient China) are available in full; the rest, including the (two-part) <i>Modern World</i> series and <i>The United States</i>, are available partially through Harper-Collins' free book preview feature, which includes the first dozen or so pages of each book and then jumps ahead randomly from there to the end. So pay attention to the page numbers on those links to avoid getting caught off guard by the (unannounced) page-skips!
<b>Amazon links:</b>
<blockquote><b>Cartoon History:</b>
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385265204/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon History of the Universe I (Vol. 1-7): From the Big Bang to Alexander the Great</a></i> (1990)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385420935/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon History of the Universe II (Vol. 8-13): From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome</a></i> (1994)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393324036/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon History of the Universe III (Vol. 14-19): From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance</a></i> (2002)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062730983/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon History of the United States</a></i> (1991)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060760044/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1: From Columbus to the U.S. Constitution</a></i> (2007)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060760087/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 2: From the Bastille to Baghdad</a></i> (2009)
<b>Cartoon Guides:</b>
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062730991/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon Guide to Genetics</a></i> (1983)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062730975/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon Guide to the Computer</a></i> (1991)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062731009/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon Guide to Physics</a></i> (1992)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/006273217X/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon Guide to (Non) Communication</a></i> (1993)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062731025/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon Guide to Statistics</a></i> (1994)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062732749/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon Guide to the Environment</a></i> (1996)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062734318/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon Guide to Sex</a></i> (1999)
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060936770/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry</a></i> (2005)
<b>Other:</b>
<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0812627407/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">Kokopelli & Company in Attack of the Smart Pies</a></i> (2005)</blockquote> tag:metafilter.com,2011:site.104269Mon, 06 Jun 2011 11:20:53 -0800RhaomiA Brief History of Mathematics
http://www.metafilter.com/98090/A%2DBrief%2DHistory%2Dof%2DMathematics
<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/maths">A Brief History of Mathematics</a> is a BBC series of ten fifteen-minute podcasts by Professor Marcus du Sautoy about the history of mathematics from Newton and Leibniz to Nicolas Bourbaki, the pseudonym of a group of French 20th Century mathematicians. Among those covered by Professor du Sautoy are Euler, Fourier and Poincaré. The podcasts also include short interviews with people such as Brian Eno and Roger Penrose. tag:metafilter.com,2010:site.98090Wed, 01 Dec 2010 21:17:18 -0800KattullusHow to operate the first digital computer.
http://www.metafilter.com/94739/How%2Dto%2Doperate%2Dthe%2Dfirst%2Ddigital%2Dcomputer
Learn how to operate the world's first fully electronic digital computer in this helpful <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyxGIbtMS9E">instructional video</a>. <a href="http://everything2.com/title/Atanasoff-Berry+Computer">No, not ENIAC</a> - the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atanasoff%E2%80%93Berry_Computer">Atanasoff Berry Computer.</a> <a href="http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~hilpert/e/ABC/om.html">Here's an operator's manual.</a> More <a href="http://johngustafson.net/pubs/pub57/ABCPaper.htm">information</a> about the <a href="http://www.scl.ameslab.gov/ABC/">reconstruction.</a> tag:metafilter.com,2010:site.94739Fri, 13 Aug 2010 20:49:53 -0800loquaciousA glorified geometry with superimposed computational torture
http://www.metafilter.com/90394/A%2Dglorified%2Dgeometry%2Dwith%2Dsuperimposed%2Dcomputational%2Dtorture
<a href="http://press.princeton.edu/books/maor/">Trigonometric Delights.</a> <i>This book is neither a textbook of trigonometry—of which there are many—nor a comprehensive history of the subject, of which there is almost none. It is an attempt to present selected topics in trigonometry from a historic point of view and to show their relevance to other sciences. It grew out of my love affair with the subject, but also out of my frustration at the way it is being taught in our colleges.</i> tag:metafilter.com,2010:site.90394Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:22:15 -0800WolfdogMacTutor History of Mathematics archive
http://www.metafilter.com/79569/MacTutor%2DHistory%2Dof%2DMathematics%2Darchive
The <a href="http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/">MacTutor History of Mathematics archive</a> is an astounding collection of historical material on mathematics, especially <a href="http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/BiogIndex.html">biographies</a>. <small>(Previously: <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/30458/A-treasure-trove-of-math-history">1</a> <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/64188/Mathematics-vs-Democracy-A-Clear-Winner-or-a-Tie-Game">2</a> <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/65163/Writings-on-Reckoning">3</a> <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/65751/Why-did-Sumerians-use-base-60-mathematics">4</a>.)</small> tag:metafilter.com,2009:site.79569Sat, 28 Feb 2009 12:47:09 -0800parudoxA treasure trove of math history
http://www.metafilter.com/30458/A%2Dtreasure%2Dtrove%2Dof%2Dmath%2Dhistory
<a href="http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/">The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive</a> from the University of St. Andrews' School of Mathematics and Statistics. tag:metafilter.com,2003:site.30458Tue, 30 Dec 2003 10:36:26 -0800wobhWomen Mathematicians.
http://www.metafilter.com/20667/Women%2DMathematicians
<a href="http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm">Women Mathematicians.</a> With numerous biographies and photographs, this website indexes the many contributions that women have made to the field of mathematics. From Pythagoras' wife <a href="http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/theano.htm">Theano</a> and martyr <a href="http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/hypatia.htm">Hypatia</a>, also notable are <a href="http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/love.htm">the first female computer programmer</a> and the <a href="http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/merrill.htm">first female Ph.D. recipient</a>. tag:metafilter.com,2002:site.20667Wed, 09 Oct 2002 12:47:04 -0800moz