Courses I'm teaching now (Fall 2001):
Office hours: TR 2:30-3:45; WF 1:30-2:45, or by appointment
MATH 120-31 Elementary Functions (MWF 10:30-11:20, Schott 200)
MATH 120-41 Elementary Functions (MWF 11:30-12:20, Schott 200)
MATH 220-54 Calculus
III (MF 12:30-1:20, Alter 222; TR 1:00-2:15, Alter 223)
Courses I'm working on:
New course: Milestones in Mathematics
Stuff I'm really interested in professionally:
History of Mathematics
I am cofounder of the Ohio River Early Sources in Mathematical Exposition
(ORESME) Reading Group, a biannual seminar in the Cincinnati area that
meets to read significant original sources in mathematics. The ORESME
home page is maintained by my colleague, Dan
Curtin at NKU.
History of Mathematics Archive at St. Andrews, Scotland, is one of
the neatest sites that exists on the Web. It is a substantial compendium
of all sorts of information about important mathematics and mathematicians
Joyce at Clark University maintains a great page on the history of
I spent three weeks each during the summers of 1996 and 1997 at the Institute
on History of Mathematics and Its Use in Teaching (IHMT) at American University
in Washington, DC. The Institute was organized under the auspices
of the Mathematical Association of America
and was funded by the NSF through their Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement
One of my distinguished colleagues at the IHMT, Ed
Sandifer (Western Connecticut State University), has launched the
Euler Project, of which I am a member. The Project aims to prepare
English translations of as much of the mathematical opus of the great eighteenth
century mathematician, Leonhard Euler.
David Calvis at
Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, OH) has a wonderful page of mathematics
David Wilkins of Trinity
College, Dublin, maintains this nice page of historical resources.
The International Study Group on the Relations Between History and Pedagogy
of Mathematics, an affiliate of the International Commission on Mathematics
Instruction, has a newsletter and annual meetings.
The Canadian Society
for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics has just started a very
interesting web page. Speaking of which, Tom Archibald at Acadia
University in Nova Scotia has prepared a nice page
of interesting links to mathematical resources.
Jeff Miller's project on the
earliest known uses of many mathematical terms is fascinating and under
Specific resources arranged chronologically
An article by Don Allen on Babylonian
A very nice bibliography
on Babylonian mathematics by Eleanor Robson at Oxford.
of pages from some of the rare books in the Vatican collection of Greek
There are a number of sites devoted to Euclid's Elements, easily the most
influential work in all of mathematics:
devoted to Archimedes by Chris Rorres at Drexel University.
Antreas Hatzipolakis has prepared the following Bibliographia
Sudheer Birodkar has a nice article on Indian
The Maya calendar site (maintained at the Maya World Studies Center in
Mérida, Yucatán, México) has a good article on Maya
A simple page that displays some beautiful images of Chinese
mathematics lives at a site prepared under the auspices of the COLOR
(Cultural Online Learning Organization and Resource) After-school Program.
Follow the links to more pretty pages.
Japanese sangaku (temple geometry
problems) are exhibited at this page by Hiroshi Kotera. There is a related
page showing how sangi
are used to solve polynomial equations.
The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and the Istituto e Museo di Storia della
Scienza, both of Florence, Italy, and the Max Planck Institute for the
History of Science in Berlin have prepared an electronic
publication of the Ms. Gal. 72, a manuscript by Galileo Galilei.
Andrew McNab at the University of Manchester (England) has put together
a page devoted to Isaac Newton which he calls Newtonia.
Biographies of Women
Mathematicians are being prepared by students at Agnes Scott College.
My colleague here at Xavier, Sheila Doran, has designed a course called
(MATH 114) Women
Manya Raman at UC Berkeley has posted her Masters thesis on the
history of compactness in analysis and topology.
A site with a number of resources on the
history of computing is maintained by the Ancient Computing Machinery
An enormous collection of information is housed at the Virtual
Museum of Computing by Jonathan Bowen at the University of Reading
Check out the Prime Page,
the prime source of information on prime numbers! It is maintained
by Chris Caldwell at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
There is also an interesting page kept by Chen Shuwen (at Jiang Xing Electronic
Ltd., in Jiangmen City, Peoples' Republic of China) on equal
sums of like powers of integers.
Waterloo Maple (current release is Maple7) has an Applications
Center and a Student Center
as a resource for using the software.
MUG, the Maple Users
Group, is an invaluable resource.
A comprehensive source of links to a lrge number of resources, packages,
pages, etc. is kept by Alejandro Jakubi at his Maple
on the Web page.
with TI calculators
The Teaching of Mathematics
The MAA maintains a Teaching
and Learning page as part of their online
project, led by Steve
Leon (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth), was created to improve
the teaching of linear algebra, especially in the light of how electronic
computing packages like MATLAB?now widely available?can transform the learning
experiences of students.
Courses in the history of mathematics
at Bowling Green State University has designed a minicourse on Teaching
a Course on the History of Mathematics.
This is a course
taught by Len Berggren at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC.
belongs to Phill Schultz at the University of Western Australia in Nedlands,
was designed by Chuck Lindsey at Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers,
A very interesting minicourse
on XVII-century mathematics given by Fernando Gouvea at Colby College,
Mary Garner of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, has written an article
on teaching mathematics
Gregory Crane, Editor-in-Chief of the Perseus
Project ("a digital resource for studying the ancient world"), teaches
a course on Greek
Science at Tufts University, Boston, MA.
Textbook Publishers: a list of publishers of college mathematics textbooks.
Other cool stuff:
I run the Xavier Univerity Bridge Marathon, a 16-pair social party bridge
game. We play 8 times a year, once a month, October to May; the October
and May sessions are on campus and the others are at members' homes. Each
meeting involves two tables (4 pairs) and 6 hands per table for a total
of 18 hands. Current standings for the 2001-2002 season will be posted
For the more adventurous, see the American
Contract Bridge League home page.
I like to check in on the Deal
of the Week at Bridgebase; it's a great learning tool.
There are a few wonderful map resources on the Web. My favorite is
Check out WVXU, for my taste, the best
radio in the Tristate area. One of the local public radio stations,
it carries a number of NPR programs,
including Morning Edition (weekends, too!), This American Life, Fresh Air,
Talk of the Nation, and Sight and Sound. It also carries some of
the best PRI programs: Echoes, and
A Prarie Home Companion.
I really like Salon magazine;
it's hip and well-produced.
While not a magazine, the New York Times
is the best newspaper in the world, even if you don't live in the City.
I'll also provide a link to the Cincinnati
Enquirer for you.
The Weather, etc.
My wife claims that we spend $50 a month for cable just so that I can watch
the Weather Channel. She's right, almost. Here's their forecast
for the Cincinnati area.
ึand here's the home page of the best show on TV, bar none: The
Power Puff Girls!! You go, girls.
Daniel E. Otero
Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Cincinnati, OH 45207-4441
(513)745-2012 phone (voice mail available)
Last revised: November 30, 2000