Informal learning on the history of maths

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29 July 2008

A subject-based information resource, allowing engagement in many ways, at many levels, can be a powerful engine for informal learning.

 

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive is much used by maths students (and staff) for reference, browsing, following up personal interests, and as a resource for project work. A name index and a topic index lead to articles on individual mathematicians or mathematical subjects; there is also an index of “famous curves”. Cross-referencing spark unplanned lines of enquiry, as do fun features such as “mathematicians of the day” (born or died on the day of access), lists of quotations, and honours and features commemorating mathematicians. [John O’Connor, Edmund Robertson]

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