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About Convergence

Editors:  Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, Janet Barnett, Janet Beery (through 1/31/19)

Associate Editors: Paul Bialek, Eugene Boman, Maureen Carroll, Lawrence D'Antonio, Sloan Despeaux, Victor Katz, Michael Molinsky, Elyn Rykken, Randy Schwartz, Amy Shell-Gellasch, Jody Sorensen, Gary Stoudt, Erik Tou, Laura Turner

Founding Editors: Victor Katz, Frank Swetz

Convergence: Where Mathematics, History, and Teaching Interact, is the MAA's free online journal about the history of mathematics and its use in teaching. Aimed at teachers of mathematics at both the secondary and collegiate levels, Convergence includes topics from grades 8-16 mathematics, with special emphasis on topics from grades 8-14: algebra, combinatorics, synthetic and analytic geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics, elementary functions, calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra.

Convergence resources for using the history of mathematics in the teaching of mathematics range from informative articles about the history of mathematics to teaching tools such as Mathematical Treasures, a collection of digital images of mathematical objects and texts from many museums and libraries.

We also have collections of portraits and snapshots of mathematicians that you may use in your classroom without special permission.

Besides historical images, articles about the history of mathematical topics from grades 8-16, translations of original sources, and classroom activities, projects, and modules, Convergence offers the following resources:

  • Reviews of new and old books, websites, and other teaching aids that focus on utility in the classroom.
    (See Critics Corner, at left, in order to browse the whole collection of reviews. You may also search for reviews by author, title, or keyword, or browse the reviews listed in our annual Tables of Contents.)
  • Historical problems.
    (Browse the whole collection of Problems from Another Time, at left, which also includes articles with problem sets for students.)
  • "On This Day" is a listing of three or four historic mathematical events that happened on each date.
    (See today's listings at the Convergence Home Page or pick any day you like at On This Day.)
  • Quotations. 
    (See "Today's Quotation" at the Convergence Home Page or browse the searchable database of quotations.)
  • The Calendar is an up-to-date guide to conferences and exhibits around the world that feature or include the history of mathematics and its use in teaching. It can be accessed from the Convergence Home Page.

Browse articles in our annual Tables of Contents. See What's in Convergence?

How can you get involved in the Convergence enterprise?

Convergence was founded in 2004 by Victor J. Katz, of the University of the District of Columbia, and Frank J. Swetz, of the Pennsylvania State University, with funding from the National Science Foundation, and was edited by Katz and Swetz for over five years. On July 1, 2009, Janet Beery, University of Redlands, and Kathy Clark, Florida State University, took over editorial duties, with Katz and Swetz as advisors. Janet Beery served as editor from 2009 to 2019. Amy Ackerberg-Hastings and Janet Barnett are currently serving 2019-2024 terms as co-editors of Convergence.

In addition to the associate editors listed at the top of this page, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, Janet Barnett, Kathy Clark, Doug Ensley, Victor Katz, Daniel Otero, Gabriela Sanchis, Lee Stemkoski, and Frank Swetz have served as associate editors of Convergence.

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