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 Solutions to Exercises in Math Textbooks October 11, 2017
 Libraries and the art of browsing October 3, 2017
 Author Interview: John Roe August 11, 2017
 Author Interview: Jennifer Schultens March 9, 2017
 Open Math Notes: Free as in beer. January 31, 2017
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Solutions to Exercises in Math Textbooks
This is a question for mathematics instructors: How do you feel about having solutions available for the exercises in a math textbook? What if the solutions are available on the internet? Some colleges and universities have guidelines for how instructors … Continue reading
Author Interview: John Roe
John Roe studied with Michael Atiyah at Oxford, and his research has focused on the interaction of index theory and large scale or “coarse” geometry. After teaching at Oxford for twelve years he became Professor of Mathematics at Penn State in 1998. … Continue reading
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Author Interview: Jennifer Schultens
Jennifer Schultens is Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Davis. Her book Introduction to 3Manifolds guides beginning graduate students through the foundations of lowdimensional topology to specialized topics such as triangulations of 3manifolds, normal surface theory and Heegaard splittings. … Continue reading
Open Math Notes: Free as in beer.
Recently, the phrase “free as in beer vs. free as in speech” caught my attention. It was the first I had heard of this way of distinguishing two English meanings of free, and how it particularly applies to what is … Continue reading
Author Interview: Hossein Giv
Hossein Hosseini Giv is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sistan and Baluchestan in Zahedan, Iran. The AMS Bookstore’s description of his book Mathematical Analysis and its Inherent Nature begins, “Mathematical analysis is often referred to as … Continue reading
Author Interview: Tamara Lakins
This is the first in a series of author interviews. Enjoy! Suggestions for further mathematics author interviews can be made via the comments or email to exh@ams.org. The Tools of Mathematical Reasoning by Tamara Lakins was published in the AMS … Continue reading
Mathematical signposts
When you think about mathematics, what are your markers? How do you organize in your mind the development of mathematical reasoning and ideas? How do you integrate your historical, social, and personal perspectives? Daytoday, as a teacher or as a … Continue reading
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Math books for children
In this post we ask: what makes a good math book for children? Is it more important that a child be left with knowledge that they can understand and retain, or a new awareness that keeps them thinking and wondering? … Continue reading
Personal webpages as publications
Thanks to those of you who commented on my previous post on ebooks. This conversation brings home to me that what will drive substantial math ebook innovation (apart from simply making existing math books readable on electronic devices) will be … Continue reading
Posted in Authors, Mathematics, Readers, Social Impact, Teaching, Technology Trends
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Books that have left their mark
Below are the noteworthy books suggested in comments to my last post: “Books with Longevity”. (I could not find good photos of Grothendieck’s EGA and SGA, published by publications IHES) Thanks for sharing them! … Continue reading
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