TES collection The History of Maths
Secondary Maths Collection 3 - “The History of Maths”
Collection Author: Craig Barton - Maths AST and creator of www.mrbartonmaths.com (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)
Mathematics has one of the longest, richest and most interesting histories of all school subjects, and yet it is a history that rarely dived into. Hopefully this batch of resources will help give your students some insights into some of the stories and scandals, the mysteries and intrigues, which have created the subject that we all know and love today.
Top 10 Resources:
- Collective Memories are a great way of spicing up a lesson and encouraging positive co-operative learning. This one can also introduce your students to some of the biggest names in mathematics.
- : In the 1920s, some very large structures were built along the South Coast of England to deal with the increasing threat of aerial attack. You can investigate how these worked using Autograph.
- Some excellent support material for a video highlighting one of the most interesting ages in mathematics. If the link to the video itself doesn’t work, just search for it on YouTube and it should appear!
- The NCETM workshops are fantastic for focussing departmental time, and this one provides ideas and stimuli for bringing historical aspects of mathematics into lessons.
- Who was the Pythagoras character and why was he so bothered about triangles? This great resource will help your students find out more about the man and the myth!
- A phenomenal set of posters to display around your classroom of some of the most interesting and inspirational mathematicians of all time.
- : Is there any interesting maths in Calendars and Leap Years? It turns out there is indeed!
- World Pi Day is certainly a date to mark in your calendar, and this website provides loads of resources to help your students begin to appreciate the wonder of that number.
- What is TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA? No idea? Well, you and your students might just love this special little maths quiz.
- An interesting talk from a very interesting mathematician. Older students might just take a shine to Christopher.