MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
An award-winning site concerning the history of mathematics. In-depth coverage of numerous people, topics, mathematical curves, and more. Extensively cross-linked; powerful search engine. Rich and growing source of materials.
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trying it, or actually use it in teaching-learning activities?).
I spent about 25 minutes review material in this section.
2. The quality of content (Does the materials accurately present concepts and
models that are educationally significant?)
The content was informative and it has excellent hisotrical background
information on mathematics.
3. The potential effectiveness for enhancing teaching and learning (If used
appropriately, will students' learning and faculty's teaching be enhanced?)
This is an excellent to use if you are doing historical research of Mathematics.
It allows both teacher/student the ability to enhance knowlege, understanding
and learning potential.
4. The ease of using the materials (Will first time users find it easy to use
Yes this site was quite easy to use and I will possibly use it to write my final
paper in Math G.
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Sally Benyola (Student)
history of Greek math. My interest in Ancient Greek architect led me to
discover that mathematics and architecture were, in many ways, considered one
and the same. I spent a total of 45 min. reviewing the wealth of information
provided regarding Ancient Greek mathematics. There is such a broad range of
topics, ranging from biographies to teaching methods, to principals, that I
could easily spend much more time reviewing this material. I found each area to
be well written, interesting, and informative. I may have discovered the next
topic for my final mathematics paper. Thanks!!
in which I not only received my password, but also in how clear the directions
were for getting to each link.
David Martinez (Student)
exclusive information. I liked how it had information on many mathematicians
dating from 500 b.c. It also had mathematics from different cultures which was
of general math concepts on any site I have ever seen. It's basically the
mathematical equivlent of Google. After viewing certain topics such as the
Fibonachi Sequence and Statistics I wouldnt go anywhere else for math related
Kathy Phelan (Student)
to expect and stayed for awhile. I'm in the process of writing a paper on
Albert Einstein and was amused to find a page of quotations from him. My
favorite (and I'm using it in my paper) is:
"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are
greater." I will absolutely visit this site again to capture more information
regarding my current site as well as look up information regarding other
mathematicians I have written about in the past. The maps are thorough beyond
belief and very interesting to see. The more you explore this site the more you
uncover. There seems to be a gem at each turn.
in my own thoughts. A few times, I completely lost my focus because something
more interesting caught my eye.
Ross MacDonald (Student)
straight forward, with no flashing logos, or any of the other things that annoy
me so. The information is honest, even mentioning that the biographies may have
had some dramatic liberties taken with them. Simple, informative, very easy to
navigate, so you dont have to mess around.
Allen Nash (Student)
person who wishes to find a wide range of information available at a single
site. This archive has almost everything ranging from bibliographies and
timelines to maps of birthplaces and famous quotes. This site would be a great
teacher's resource for any teacher who wishes to lecture on a particular
mathematician. The brief definitions in the glossory index is also very
convenient for finding a short and to the point definition of any mathematical
Patricia Berry (Student)
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did just now. I find MacTutor History well contained of informations. Just by
browsing and reading some of the articles made me understood a lot of things. I
didn't even know how they based when giving an award such as Nobel Price until I
went to this website. There's so much other things that is helpful especially
for students that are going to be writing a paper about Mathematicians, their
achievements and basically everything about them. Having topics like Mathematics
and Astronomy combined together is also a very excellent feature. This website
is great itself for all the topic it offers and how it's a very good attraction
to those who want to learn about Mathematicians.
M.C. Gordon (Student)
Excellent source of learning for any level of curiousity. If you want to know
more just click on a link inbedded in article your reading continues. I stayed
on this site for more than an hour. I started out in the History of Mayan
Mathematics and ended up in Christianity and Mathematics.
-the only draw back with a site like this is trying to make a decision on a
singular topic. Excellent resource for any topic in math.
Julie Martin (Student)
2)The quality content on this site is very good. There is alot of resources.
This site is very knowledgeable. It may seem overwhelming at first because there
is so much.
3)This site should definetely enhance the effectiveness for students and
teachers in the classroom. The reason being is because the site has a wide range
of information on the history of math, mathemeticians, and I feel it woold be
an excellent source for a student to get topics for research papers.
4)I feel that first time users browsing this site may feel overwhelmed at first.
But it can be very useful if patient.
Kathleen Dietrich (Student)
knew before I came to this site on math history. I did find it annoying getting
sent to five other sites before I could find some history. I believe this is
one of the most frustrating things. I also found the Time Line Graph a bite hard
to read but this could be me . On the positive side I did like the Time Line
bullet info and will share this with my son. I spent about 10 min. checking it
out and really enjoyed the history. I really do want to come back to this site
when I have more time. Thanks for the history of math!
Anthony Olmos (Student)
teacher. I browsed for about fifteen minutes and found some intersting things I
can use for future refrences. I recomended this site for students looking for
interesting topics to explore.
ties into math it was kind of crazy,but in a good way.
information about evrything. Everything about this guide was easy, from the way
it was setup to understanding the readings. I very quickly browsed through the
sight and I didn't use any of the learning activities. It seemed that
everything was accuratly covered. I can see that this would be an effective
learning tool for learning but it seems more of a resource then a teaching tool.
This one sight I picked was easy but the Merlot sight gave me a lot of trouble
when I tried logging in. I ended up having to come back to this sight on a
different computer so I could log in.
xye dagun (Student)
over an hour just navigating through this site. A person could easily spend much
more time than that just going through everything. It proved to be full of
historical in depth information about many mathematicians. The set up was simple
and easy to follow. This site is wonderful when a little history is needed
behind the actual math work. The content seemed to be accurate and useful. There
is no doubt that will make a great starting point when working on an
christine dominguez (Student)
INFORMATION. I FOUND A LOT OF INTERSESTING MATH REALTATED TOPICS THAT CAUGHT MY
EYE, SINCE I HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT THATS COMING UP. THIS SITE HAS GREAT
INFORMATION AND IS WRITTIN VERY NICE SO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS CAN BROSWE AND
FIND WHAT THERE LOOKING FOR. IT ALSO GOES INTO DEPTH SO IT MAKES IT USEFUL WHEN
DOING A PRESENTATION. THIS CAN ENHANCE BOTH THE TEACHER AND STUDENT TOGETHER.
ITS VERY EASY TO USE AS FIST TIME USER. I AM GOING TO BOOK MARK AS WELL FOR
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biographies for a class assignment. The content seems complete and
straightforward. This site provided the right type of information that enabled
me to pursue my topic of interest in greater depth. I have book- marked this
site for future use for different assignments and different classes because the
information presented has many applications.
I also found that this site was easy to navigate; however it provided so many
links that it was easy to become side tracked.
to the fact that I was using information for a project with a deadline.
Jacqueline Tacorda (Student)
through the topics that interested me. I was mostly fascinated with the history
of Egyptian Mathematics, and the Mathematical Astronomy.
The organization of this site made it easier for a first time viewer like me to
locate significant information I can use for my math class. In my opinion, I
think this site is a good place to begin searching when looking for a math topic
to present in class. First time users will find it easy to access and it
contains pertinent information.
JUAN MARTINEZ (Student)
at Mission Community College in SiliconValley
for the last year. I found out that this site
has a very informative towards the subjects they have to offer.
I spend most of my 1 hr time reading on Egyptian mathematics, I found out
things that it never had cross my mind.
Ian Walton (Faculty)
Silicon Valley for the last 25 years. My students do research projects for
classroom presentations. This site is probably the single most quoted source
over the years. Students find it presents a wealth of easily accessible and