Tuesday, March 18, 2014

MAA Focus, A Writing Contest, Doubling the Cube and Danica McKellar


The latest open access and completely free issue[1] of the +Mathematical Association of America's Focus magazine is out!!!  There's a lot of information about the recent joint meeting where it looks like a great time was had by all and among other things, the JPBM Award for Communications was presented to Danica McKellar[3], who I thought looked a lot like the actress from Wonder Years, and who in fact is.  She's written a number of math books for middle and high schoolers and was a co-author of a mathematical physics theorem that bears her name, the Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem.

Fernando Q. GouvĂȘa wrote an excellent history of mathematics article tracing the problem of doubling the cube back to ancient Greece.

Finally, there's a reminder about the March 19th deadline fort the SIGMAA – History of Mathematics 2013 Student Paper Writing Contest[2].  If you've already gotten started on your entry, don't forget to submit it.  If not, and you can throw together 5,000 words in a day and a half, prizes included a one year student membership to the +Mathematical Association of America,, and books!

References:
1.  http://digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com/publication/?i=198193

2.  http://historyofmathematics.org/2014/01/29/2013-writing-contest/

3.  http://www.danicamckellar.com/math-books/

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