“There is one comforting conclusion which is easy for a real mathematician. Real mathematics has no effects on war. No one has yet discovered any warlike purposes to be served by the theory of numbers or relativity, and it seems very unlikely that anyone will do so for many years.”
I consider myself at least slightly environmentally concerned, but this stapler without staples would make sense and fun no matter how much you care about your carbon print. Press the magic button and presto! The magic machine makes a hole in your paper corner and inserts a tab into it for holding it all together. I must admit, this is not strong enough to survive an air crash or a strong wind but it is still fun!
It was quite fun for me, for the first time reading my writings in an American journal. I have written about the bird tetrahedron in Norwegian in Tangenten (2005) and I recently elaborated on this topic and expanded the original article into a new one for MT. You can read the English version on jstor or the august issue of Mathematics Teacher from NCTM. I loved the way they made those nice graphics and photos for the front and illustrations! There are also some templates you download in PDF from the Mathematics Teacher website.
The book that proves you don’t need artistic talent to make people giggle at least once! (Or your money back (maybe)).
Go to Skitchdork – international edition to get your pretty cheap copy! (I AM the cheap researcher, after all.)
But please DO read the disclaimer, I don’t want you guys angry at me for not delivering the goods ;)
I am not sure whether this should be called a book, because it is just slightly bigger than my passport! It is written by one of my favorite authors within Mathematics Education, Mike Ollerton. You can see his published books on Amazon here, and also listen to him on YouTube.
This little book, reminds me of a handbook for conducting classroom experiences although he actually HAS a book entitled The Mathematics Teacher Handbook as well. Mostly he writes about what it means to be a teacher, and in particular, a mathematics teacher. (You won’t find much math in this book, but many good activities are presented in the Handbook!)
I find it hard to disagree with Ollerton, but he does cover som rather unexpected topics. There’s a chapter on prizes, one on smoking and one on detention. His view is that prizes and award systems in general are unnecessary, and he argue quite a bit on that.
The reason he covers smoking as a separate chapter seems to be the size of the problem in UK. He claims that a huge fraction of the fifteen year olds smoke, although it is not legal for them to purchase tobacco or cigarettes.
In short, he writes about what he means about topics most teachers sooner or later will face.
In particular, I liked the relatively simple and perhaps rather idealistic view about way he doesn’t reward helpful students with golden stars or the like:
Because that is the way civilized people should behave towards each other.
It’s a short read, but I always find something to ponder in Ollerton’s books.