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!
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.
“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.
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!
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.