A Whole World of Math Resources

Looking for real-world connection to math resources for young adults (and us older ones, too)?  There are lots of artists, writers, scientists, and mathematicians who widen the lens for math appreciation. And their work is readily accessible at your fingertips.  We’ve listed just a few of the math blogs and on-line resources that invite connections, explorations and wonder.  Happy investigating!

Running the Numbers:

Photographer Chris Jordan turns his lens to capture stunning images that make his point about our consumer culture and the amounts of waste it generates.  His photo essays  allow you to zoom in from a recognizable image to the 2 million plastic beverage bottles that represent the number used every five minutes in the United States, to note one example.   Huge numbers like this are hard to visualize, but Chris Jordon’s images  help put them into a context that is fascinating–and energizing, inspiring an appreciation of  what  “running the numbers” can teach us.

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Thinkquest:  The Fibonacci Series

“Imagine a series of numbers that stretches to infinity. . .” invites the preface to The Fibonacci Series.  When you enter the portals of this intriguing website, you  get to explore the range of puzzles and problems that have intrigued lovers of Fibonacci for centuries. You can learn more about Fibonacci puzzles, problems, formulas–and applications.  At first, it seems like a deceptively simple series, but you’ll be drawn into the fascinating and complex subtleties, guaranteed.

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Arthur Clarke:  Fractals:  The Color of Infinity

In this 9-minute documentary narrated by Arthur C. Clarke, you learn about  the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. Sit back and enjoy!

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Never Let Go of Childhood Wonder

We were blown away by the power of these little Zen magnets to create geometric shapes, flat designs, chains, 3-D.  These small super-magnets, 5mm in diameter, are extremely powerful and you’ll be amazed to see the way the quick hands in the video show how geometric images and shapes can flow into one another and be re-arranged.  We predict you–and your kids–will be mesmerized.

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One Response to A Whole World of Math Resources

  1. andiecor says:

    This is an awesome post!! I can’t believe what you found. And I know just the person to do some investigating with: my 8th-grade daughter. I am hoping she will be just as fascinated as I am and will add curiosity to her math plate for school. Thanks for the resources!!

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