Convergence: Where Mathematics, History, and Teaching Interact

Convergence: Where Mathematics, History, and Teaching Interact, is the Mathematical Association of America’s free online journal about the history of mathematics and its use in teaching. Now part of the Mathematics Digital Library (MathDL) and its online journal Loci, Convergence is aimed at teachers of both secondary and tertiary mathematics. Topics are from secondary and tertiary mathematics, with special emphasis on algebra, combinatorics, synthetic and analytic geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics, elementary functions, calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra.

We encourage you to visit Convergence at http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/46/ to see what the journal has to offer. We especially encourage you to view the article “Mathematical Treasures” which features digital images of mathematical objects and texts from the Columbia University Library George Arthur Plimpton and David Eugene Smith collections.

At the Convergence homepage, you will also find links to:

  • Problems from Another Time
  • On This Day in mathematics history
  • Calendar of upcoming mathematics history events
  • Reviews of books, websites, and other instructional materials
  • Our newest articles and classroom activities, along with indices to all six volumes (2004-2009) of Convergence (click on What’s in Convergence?)

We invite you not only to read Convergence and use it in your classes, but also to submit for publication articles of the following types.  For further details, please read “Guidelines for Convergence Authors” at the Convergence homepage.

  • Expository articles on the history of topics in the secondary and tertiary mathematics curriculum
  • Translations of original sources appropriate for secondary and tertiary mathematics
  • Classroom activities, projects, or modules for secondary and tertiary mathematics
  • Classroom testimonials describing your experiences using a particular teaching aid, article, book, or website
  • Reviews of books, articles, teaching aids, and websites
  • Announcements of conferences and events for our Calendar

Finally, if you would be willing to serve as a referee for articles submitted to Convergence, please let one of the editors know what topics and types of articles you would prefer to review.

Convergence founding editors Victor Katz and Frank Swetz continue to serve the journal as advisors, as project directors for its National Science Foundation grant, and as authors of the ongoing “Mathematical Treasures” project.  The journal’s current editors are Janet Beery (janet_beery@redlands.edu) of the University of Redlands, California, and Kathy Clark (kclark@fsu.edu) of Florida State University.

On this page from a 1650 manuscript copy of the Lilavati, Bhaskara II (1114-1185) presents a problem about an encounter between a peacock and a snake. (From “Mathematical Treasures”, Convergence, courtesy of Columbia University Library)

On this page from the first known algebra text, Kitab al-jabr wa l’muqabala, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c. 825) solves a quadratic equation by completing the square. (From “Mathematical Treasures”, Convergence, courtesy of Columbia University Library)

On this page from his De Divina Proportione (1509), Luca Pacioli (1445-1509) presents a stellated dodecahedron. (From “Mathematical Treasures”, Convergence, courtesy of Columbia University Library)

Janet Beery, University of Redlands

Kathy Clark, Florida State University

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