Still More Quick Snippets

Published on Sunday, December 16, 2012 in , , , , ,

Luc Viatour's plasma lamp pictureThe last snippets of 2012 are ready!

December's snippets switch back and forth between the nitty-gritty side and the cultured side.

• Picking up from the last entry from November's snippets, it seems that the Tau vs. Pi fight has intensified. This month, NumberPhile treats us to a Tau vs. Pi smackdown:

• Instead of having your math wrestling-style, you might prefer it a bit more cultured. If so, you're in luck, as the Museum of Mathematics, or MoMath for short, had its grand opening in New York on December 12, 2012! Vi Hart's father, George Hart, designed many of the exhibits, and takes us on an opening day tour:

• It was while I was putting together my 2nd integer lattice post that I first took notice of the MyWhyU YouTube channel. They seem to have the same knack for clear explanations as BetterExplained.com, but everything is explained through cartoons. Even their homepage is set up like a notebook, to give it a friendly feel.

Compare BetterExplained's introduction to number systems, to WhyU's introduction (mainly comparing the modern approach to Roman Numerals):

• Since we had the better cultured version of mathematics videos above, how about a better cultured version of an educational video website? You're probably familiar with TED.com, and their amazing selection of free videos from knowledgeable lecturers.

The people behind TED.com have added a new website called TED-Ed, and a corresponding YouTube channel. The TED-Ed site goes beyond videos to include quizzes and other resources that make it possible to get an idea of just how much you or your students are learning. It even allows you to create your own video/quiz/resource combinations! You can get a better idea of TED-Ed's features from their website tour:

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