GeoGebra launches official blog and more

To all GeoGebra fans out there, GeoGebra has recently launched its official blog. The blog will contain news, tricks, tips, and everything about GeoGebra. According to the administrator, guest posts are expected from GeoGebra bloggers all over the world.

I took  a one month leave from GeoGebra Applet Central. I thought I needed a vacation, but I’m resuming GeoGebra blogging next week.  I am also planning to revise the remaining GeoGebra tutorials that have not been updated to GeoGebra 4.0.

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For a while now, I have been reading Ask a Mathematician/Ask A Physicist blog. It’s a great blog that discusses questions in mathematics and physics. Although, the blog is not really intended for high school, some senior high school and Math and Physics geeks might appreciate it. » Read more

7 Extraordinary Mathematicians You Should Know About

There are numerous mathematicians who have made significant contributions in the field of mathematics. We cannot argue the mathematical greatness of Euclid, Newton, Gauss, Euler, and others who have set the foundation to the many branches of mathematics. In this post, we learn about 7 extraordinary mathematicians who are quite less known — less known in the sense that they are probably familiar to those who study mathematics and related fields.

1. Evariste Galois (1811-1832, France)
Evariste Galois was probably the most unfortunate mathematician who ever lived. He lived during the political turmoil in France. He failed the entrance examinations at Ecole Polytechnique twice because he could not explain his answers, was jailed for six months, and died in a duel at the age of 21.

Evariste Galois

Galois was  ahead of his time. In his teens, he was able to determine necessary and sufficient conditions for algebraic solutions of polynomials to exist. He barely attended college, but most of his contemporaries could not understand his work. He submitted research papers that were either lost or “incomprehensible.”  It was only 14 years after his death that the mathematics community was able to recognize the value of his work.

Despite his short life and his numerous misfortunes, his works gave a firm foundation to group theory. » Read more

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