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Category Archives: Technology Trends
The Web and Books of the Future
Given the way the internet has become firmly entrenched in our lives, how do you think books of the future will look and how will these “new books” be read and used? Is the web making books obsolete, or will … Continue reading
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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
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Libraries and the art of browsing
Those of you over a certain age may remember when searching for math resources meant going to the library and perusing the subject catalog, spending time in shelving sections devoted to a topic, or leafing through heavy volumes of math … Continue reading
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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
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Comments on ebooks
There were several responses to my ebooks blog post, so I will share them here. Thanks all! Matilde Marcolli says: August 11, 2016 at 11:56 pm Certainly the current formats of ebooks are not suitable for mathematical content: apart … Continue reading
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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
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Books: Hard Copy or E?
How important are ebooks for math? I always start a blog with one question, and end up asking many more. People according to their personality, their intentions, limitations and environments read differently. Even when there were only hard copy books, … Continue reading
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Math books with longevity
What gives a math book (textbook or otherwise) longevity? Is there more to a book than just a record of current knowledge, or an aid and reference for a class? Some books continue to be read and reread, and used … Continue reading
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Why Books?
The purpose of this blog is to start a conversation about math books. What makes a math book useful, important, timely, a pleasure to read? How do books influence and shape mathematics? How does/should evolving technology change how we access … Continue reading