Sunday, September 23, 2012

There is a free iPad app from IBM called Minds of Modern Mathematics. It is a beautiful timeline of the history of mathematics and world events, and there are 9 vintage videos to watch as well. Charles and Ray Eames, a famous, husband-and-wife design team created the original interactive mathematics exhibit back in 1961, which provided the content for this app. The Eameses films are wonderful, simple, short. I enjoyed Something About Functions, and the non-verbal Exponents.

I also happened upon a great blog called MathMunch. MathMunch calls itself “a weekly digest of the mathematical internet”. They posted something about Minds of Modern Mathematics, and have a fabulous page of math videos. If you miss the old Schoolhouse Rock videos and you know a young person who could use some work on counting by 5s, MathMunch has the link. Their video collection is exhaustive, and includes videos about solving a Rubik’s Cube, paperfolding, Pi, M.C. Escher, and more.