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What's in Convergence? - Contents of Volume 19 - 2022

Editors:  Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, Janet Heine Barnett

Associate Editors:  Paul Bialek (through 1/31/22), Eugene Boman, Ximena Catepillan, Sloan Despeaux (through 1/31/22), Joel Haack, Toke Knudsen, Stacy Langton, Betty Mayfield, Michael Molinsky, Adam Parker, Andrew Perry, Adrian Rice, Amy Shell-Gellasch, Erik R. Tou, Laura Turner

Founding Editors: Victor Katz, Frank Swetz


An Ancient Egyptian Mathematical Photo Album – Hieroglyph Numerals and More by Cynthia J. Huffman
Photographs of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in authentic contexts that instructors can use when teaching numeration systems. (posted 4/9/2022)

Kepler and the Rhombic Dodecahedron by Roberto Cardil
Resources for sharing Kepler's fascinating studies of the rhombic dodecahedron with students. (posted 3/19/2022)

The High School Mathematics Curriculum—What Can We Learn from History? by Robert Reys and Barbara Reys
The authors review several of the major programs for reform in American mathematics education that appeared between 1894 and 2010 and conclude that, while calls for change have been constant, the full implementation of different approaches is much more difficult to achieve. (posted 3/05/2022)

Reflections on Chinese Numeration Systems, by Frank J. Swetz
Recommends ancient Chinese rod numerals to the instructors of preservice elementary teachers as an alternative place-value numeration system for helping students understand the structures and operations of arithmetic. Includes historical descriptions and classroom suggestions. (posted 2/20/2022)

Building a Book: HathiTrust,, Serendipity, and Lifetime Interests, by David Lindsay Roberts
Reveals how personal knowledge, changes in historical research methods, and unexpected discoveries came together in the preparation of a book on the history of American mathematics, and suggests how the lessons learned could be incorporated into history of mathematics and other courses. (posted 1/22/2022)

Ongoing Series

Keys to Mathematical Treasure Chests
A series that offers examples of how online databases of mathematical objects can be mined to unlock the collections that they preserve for use in research and teaching.

Teaching and Learning the Trigonometric Functions through Their Origins, by Daniel E. Otero
A series of curricular units based on primary source texts for use in teaching and learning trigonometry.

A Series of Mini-projects from TRansforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources
A collection of student-ready projects for use in teaching standard topics from across the undergraduate curriculum.

Mathematical Treasures

Mathematical Treasures, by Frank J. Swetz

Index to Mathematical Treasures Collection: Images of historical texts and objects from libraries, museums, and individuals around the world for use in your classroom!

Mathematical Treasures added during 2022:

"What's in Convergence? - Contents of Volume 19 - 2022," Convergence (January 2022)