You can download images of stamps with mathematicians and mathematics
at these websites.
By Jeff Miller, mathematics teacher, Gulf High School in New Port Richey,
Images of Mathematicians on Postage Stamps
Math Year 2000: Posters
in the London Underground
World Mathematical Year 2000, a sequence of posters designed at the Isaac
Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences are being displayed month by
month in the trains of the London Underground. We hope that these will
stimulate, fascinate - even infuriate! But most importantly that they will
bring maths to life, illustrating the wide applications of modern mathematics
in all branches of science.
THE PDK POSTER PROJECT: Using Visual Means To Challenge
The primary goal of this
project is to encourage scientific literacy, and to promote the public's
awareness and appreciation of science and technology by humanizing the
image of research science and scientists. Its other major goal is mentoring
women and girls who choose to pursue careers related to the physical sciences
and mathematics, and to retain, at the high school and university levels,
women who have already chosen such careers.
The project represents an
intersection between science and art, gender socialization, and education.
It visualizes women in science and the role of personal choice in a life
in scientific research. The website contains pictures of the posters,
ordering information as well as additional information about the people
and mathematics depicted in the posters.
Ideas from Jamie Blair that she used in her book:
second edition, by Jamie Blair, John Tobey and Jeff Slater, Prentice Hall
Putting your skills to work
Assignment: During the course of one month, write down something
you couldn't do, or couldn't figure out because of the math. These
exercises in the book were motivated by student responses to this assignment.
Examples from the book:
Choosing the best vacation plan,
Figuring out the time of day around the world,
Buying the right amount of carpet for your house,
Planning a large event,
Math in the Media
The idea for these exercises came from articles
clipped from newspapers and magazines. Jamie recommends hobby magazines,
for unusual ideas.
Examples from the book:
Economic data (U.S. and world wide),
Weather, for example wind-chill,
World records, for example the fastest land bird (ostrich),
Movies with math content,
Cost of movies, for example Titanic cost $200 million,
Sports statistics, for example using baseball.