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Teaching Mathematics Through History: How can the Web Help?

BSHM - British Society for the History of Mathematics

This is a one-day workshop investigating the rich variety of uses of the Web and other technologies in education. Its objectives are to promote awareness of what is available via the Web for using history in the learning and teaching of mathematics, and to spread good practice in its use; to evaluate the current and potential uses of the Web (and other technologies) for history in mathematics education from the perspectives of teachers, students, historians and website developers; and to discuss the most fruitful ways forward for us to respond to the opportunities, as well as the problems and pitfalls, that the Web affords. We shall explicitly address issues at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.

There will be talks, demonstrations and discussion. Speakers include Jenni Back of the NRICH project, Piers Bursill-Hall of the University of Cambridge, Claire Ellis of Simon Singh's Enigma Project, Edmund Robertson of the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive at St Andrews University, and David Wilkins of Trinity College, Dublin.

This promises to be a fascinating meeting. We shall consider the worries as well as the wonders arising from the extraordinary spread of the Web. We shall compare a real Enigma cipher machine with a digital simulation, hear from representatives of leading websites in the history of mathematics, and discuss the difficult problems and the huge benefits of the Web as a resource for teaching mathematics and its history at all levels. For further details look regularly over the coming weeks at the BSHM website at:

Fee (includes lunch): £8 (BSHM members), £10 (non-members), £5 (full-time students)
We are pleased to acknowledge support from the John Fauvel bequest for this meeting.

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together:

Shakespeare, All?s Well That Ends Well IV, iii, 71

Have a go at the competition on the Workshop website

To register for the workshop please complete this form and return it to Steve Russ, BSHM Web Workshop, Dept. of Computer Science, Coventry CV4 7AL.

The British Society for the History of Mathematics is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee no. 3326816 and as a charity no. 1061229. Registered Office: 20 Dunvegan Close, Exeter, Devon EX4 4AF
Contact: Steve Russ
Organiser: Department of Computer Science