MAA Convergence Celebrates Ten Years of Mathematics, History, and Teaching

Founded in 2004 by well-known mathematics historians and educators, Victor Katz and Frank Swetz, Convergence is both an online journal on mathematics history and its use in teaching and an ever-expanding collection of online resources to help its readers teach mathematics using its history.

Convergence is celebrating ten years of publication by continuing to bring you interesting articles and features on the history of grades 8-16 mathematics and exciting ideas and resources for sharing this history with your students.

Articles published this year include:

“Proofs Without Words and Beyond” includes history and philosophy of visual proofs, along with dynamic, interactive “proofs without words 2.0.”

“David Hilbert’s Radio Address” features an audio recording, transcription, and translation into English of Hilbert’s 4-minute radio version of his longer 1930 address with its famous finale, “Wir müssen wissen; wir werden wissen.”

“Cubes, Conic Sections, and Crockett Johnson” shows how author and illustrator Johnson painted his answer to his own question, “What do the straightedge lines and compass arcs do when two parabolas and a hyperbola double a cube, just stand watching?”

“An Investigation of Subtraction Algorithms from the 18th and 19th Centuries” is based on a study of handwritten cyphering books as well as printed arithmetic texts.

We are honoring the best of our ten-year publication history by presenting new, more interactive versions of some of our favorite articles.

“Van Schooten’s Ruler Constructions,” by Ed Sandifer, was among the articles that appeared in the first issue of Convergence in April of 2004.

“Historical Activities for the Calculus Classroom” (2007), by Gabriela Sanchis, consists of three modules that present curve-sketching, tangent lines, and optimization in the context of historical aims and problems, with the aid of 24 interactive applets and 10 animations.

“When Nine Points Are Worth But Eight: Euler’s Resolution of Cramer’s Paradox” (2011), by Rob Bradley and Lee Stemkoski, features a translation of a long lost letter from Euler to Cramer, along with an interactive presentation of Euler’s “elegant example” resolving the paradox.

See all of these articles and more at MAA Convergence:

Convergence is published by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Janet Beery, Editor, MAA Convergence


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