Sandbox Reviews

MAA Online
MAA Online
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The MAA (Mathematical Association of America) continues its long and distinguished history of service to the mathematical community with the addition of this website devoted to recreational and “soft” math.

Platonic Realms
Platonic Realms
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This attractive, well-designed, well-written site represents an enormous amount of thought and work, but no names attach thereto, so we cannot yet give kudos. The range of Platonic Realms is immense, not only for subject matter, but for treatments which vary from elementary to professional levels.

University of Toronto Math Net
MathNet
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This high-quality, low-density site seeks to involve high school students and other people interested in mathematics in a number of interesting questions and problems that are sure to interest. Although the site is
currently under revision (a preview is available at <www.math.toronto.edu.awilk/MathNet), the new version appears to be a fairly light massage of the current one. The MathNet, as the site refers to itself, has a simple structure and is easy to navigate.


pLab: Theory and Practice of Random Number Generation
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The scientists who actually use random numbers are uniquely qualified to explain their generation and use. Peter Hellekalek and his colleagues in the Mathematics Department at the University of Salzburg have assembled a useful and interesting site devoted to the generation, testing and use of random numbers.


Theorem of the Month
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The University of Sheffield Pure Mathematics Department has put its best foot forward in this attempt to demonstrate the inherent interest of mathematics through some of its most intriguing theorems such as the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, Godel’s Theorem, the Four-colour Theorem and several others.


The Amazing Mathematical Object Factory
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If you’re a teacher (or a student) from K12 Land, here is an excellent site for motivation and interest. It is also an exciting place for aficionados to watch various combinatorial objects being generated. The site contains a (cartoon) factory that produces made-to-order combinatorial objects absolutely free!


Fundamental Theorems of Calculus
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Here are five fundamental theorems of calculus presented as auxiliary material for a course in multivariate calculus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Through Mazes to Mathematics
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Here is an unpretentious site with a focus on mazes yet wide open for participation by students and amateur mathematicians of all ages, especially those in classrooms. The mazes are all what the author, Tony Phillips at S.U.N.Y.’s Stoneybrook mathematics department, calls simple alternating transit mazes, the “transit” part referring to the fact that such mazes have no bifurcations in their passages.


The Metamath Home Page
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Metamath is a language developed by Norman Megill, an M.I.T. alumnus with enormous energy and a commitment to metamathematics, set theory, logic and quantum mechanics. This site is not for the fainthearted, even among professional logicians.



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