The Mathematical Tourist
By Ivars Peterson
June 8, 2007
In its various incarnations, Mathematics Magazine has been around for more than 75 years. All issues of the Magazine, as long as they are more than three years old, are available on the Web through the JSTOR archive, a database to which many college libraries and other institutions subscribe.
Use of the JSTOR archive has been increasing steadily over the years since the Magazine first became available in this form in 2002, and it's now possible to see which of its hundreds of articles have been particularly appealing or useful. Here are the fifteen most frequently viewed articles to date:
Interestingly, the list includes articles from every decade of Mathematics Magazine's existence, except the 1920s. And the topics are widely varied, though there is a distinct bias toward the history of mathematics. The name Descartes appears in three of the titles!
Several of the top articles are also available in the new MAA book The Harmony of the World: 75 Years of Mathematics Magazine, which features 38 selections from the archive.
For anyone who does not have access to the JSTOR archive at a local library, these articles will soon be available individually from JSTOR for a fee (and they can be found in a Google search). MAA members also have the option of obtaining an individual subscription to JSTOR, which provides access to the full archives of not only Mathematics Magazine but also The American Mathematical Monthly and The College Mathematics Journal.
Comments are welcome. You can reach Ivars Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
References:Alexanderson, G.L., ed. 2007. The Harmony of the World: 75 Years of Mathematics Magazine. Mathematical Association of America.
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