NEWS AND VIEWS ARCHIVE
Formal change awaits the approval by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but no difficulty in obtaining that approval is foreseen.
Read Keith Devlin's report on this development.
The fact that the NUMB3RS series producers "have worked hard to get the math right," and have made mathematics more engaging to the public by drawing upon real-world mathematics, has generated a lot of enthusiasm among math teachers: more than 25,000 teachers currently download materials linked to each NUMB3RS episode, Roylance reports.
--- Claudia Clark
--- Mike Breen
Media all over the globe covered the 11-day project in which researchers used Stanford University's Linear Accelerator to uncover with powerful X-ray beams the previously hidden writings and diagrams of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes. Some of the work was revealed in real time during a San Francisco Exploratorium live event and webcast on 4 August 2006 (done in collaboration with Stanford University and the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore). The technique has revealed portions of the 174-page manuscript known as the "Archimedes Palimpsest," the only copies of his treatises on flotation, gravity and mathematics, written by a scribe on parchment but obscured by scraping and other writings over the centuries. (A review of a recent translation of Archimedes' writings appeared in the May 2005 issue of the AMS Notices.)
--- Annette Emerson
This article discusses Benjamin Franklin's version of Sudoku. Apparently the founding father whiled away his time at the Pennsylvania Assembly filling in 8x8 squares with numbers. A recent article in the Proceedings of the Royal Society analyzes Franklin's squares.
--- Allyn Jackson