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## Noted French mathematician and teacher

August 31, 2008 |
Henri Cartan, one of the world's foremost mathematicians in the last half of the 20th century, died Aug. 13 in Paris. He was 104. The cause of death was not reported. Almost all of Cartan's career was spent in France, and he was acclaimed for his research in pure mathematics, including algebra, topology and the analytic functions of complex variables. He was also an influential writer and teacher. At least two of his students won Nobel Prizes, one in economics and one in physics.
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## Transcendental Nature of Pi

March 22, 1987
Your concern for the existence of all the digits of the constant pi can be easily answered: Pi, like all mathematical facts, is a concept, not a thing. The formal written expression of some approximation to pi is a thing that represents the concept (but only approximately). Even if that approximation has been carried to 134 million digits. The concept of an infinite series of decimal digits to represent pi exists, whether or not we ever get around to calculating them all. And a method exists for their calculation, to as many places as we please or have resources for. Mathematics has long been dealing with the apparent inconsistencies between mathematics and the real world as we observe it. That is why pure mathematics, in its abstractness, is completely divorced from reality.
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## Math Stories: Solving Word Problems:

October 8, 2000
Suppose the Three Little Pigs Huff-and-Puff-Proof Housing Co. sent you to the hardware store to purchase enough bricks for five model houses. If each wall requires 100 bricks, how many bricks should you buy? Learning how to use your math skills to solve what are commonly called word problems not only can help you earn good grades on tests but also can help you handle all sorts of everyday situations, from figuring out grocery store bargains to saving money for college.
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## Education: Weighing Merits of State Math Test

March 24, 1994
The California State Department of Education recently released the results of the 1993 California Learning Assessment System (CLAS) test (Times, March 10). The overall results of the mathematics section were reported as dismal, with 70% of the students statewide scoring in the lowest (1-2) range. The more detailed report provided by the state contains some information that makes these results suspicious. First, of all the fourth-, eighth- and 10th-grade gifted students assessed in the state of California, not even 1% could score a 6, the highest level.
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## FULLERTON : \$40,000 Earmarked for Teacher Program

July 22, 1992
Cal State Fullerton has been awarded \$40,000 to help boost the number of new mathematics and science teachers at the elementary and secondary level, the U.S. Department of Energy announced. The award, one of 10 such grants awarded to universities across the country, goes to Fullerton professor Helen Taylor for a program aimed at increasing the number of ethnic minorities teaching math and science.
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## Math Chair's Remarks

July 8, 1993
In "Longtime Math Mystery Reported Solved" (June 24) Simon Kochen, chairman of the Princeton mathematics department, said, "This is something you could state to a high school boy, but it's so, so difficult to prove." With encouragement like this, it is no wonder that few girls choose or are given the opportunity to pursue careers in the sciences and mathematics. Both my sister and I found the subject of the article quite provocative, but wonder how many other young women were turned off by Kochen's remarks.
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## San Juan Capistrano

November 24, 1998 |
More rigorous guidelines for students in grades K-5 were adopted by the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees last week. The new CORE Mathematics Standards will introduce more challenging mathematical concepts earlier than in previously adopted standards, and emphasize algebra and geometry.
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## Malls and Schools

December 12, 1996
The mallady (pun intended) described by Doug Kaplan hits home ("Overmalled, Underschooled," Commentary, Dec. 9). While there are more than 30 fancy hotels, mega-retail and lush golf courses within 10 miles of my home, the Quonset hut where I teach mathematics is a shameful environment for the students and teachers alike. Kaplan's vivid analysis shows how political boundaries formed by cities, counties and school districts, when combined with California tax codes, work to the detriment of education.
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## Value of Math

March 23, 1999
Barbara Aspenson (letter, March 18) asks "why force algebra on an art . . . student?" Aside from any practical value of algebra to an artist (and there is quite a bit of it), let me answer thus: An art student should study mathematics because art is the study of things of great beauty, and mathematics is at the very summit of great beauty. Few works of art, for example, can match, for sheer elegance, Euclid's magnificent proof that there are an infinite number of prime numbers. Any study of great art can well begin right there.
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