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Friday, June 8, 2012

History of Mathematics - YouTube Videos

YouTube has videos on the history of mathematics:

A series of 4 BBC documentaries on the History of Maths
Could be used for the adult to preview and share the stories orally with your younger elementary children; older elementary, middle school and older might be interested in actually watching them. They are geared more for older children and adults in the style of presentation.

The Story of 1 - presented by Terry Jones - BBC
This one would be great for older elementary and older children to watch as a review of what they've already learned, tying in things like the Pythagorean Theorem, non-real numbers and the like. There is some borderline crass humor and some "violence" (Arabic/Indian numeral 1s eradicating the Roman Numeral I; later the 1s and 0s are seen doing some slight graffiti - British humor, all in good fun).

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