Plus Earns A +
Aimed at converting a combined audience of students and teachers, Plus is a bimonthly ezine that tries to reveal the beauty and practical applications of mathematics. As the producers of Plus contend, "A lot of people don't have a very clear idea what "real" math[ematic]s consists of, and often they don't realise how many things they take for granted only work because of a generous helping of it. Apparently, some people even have the idea that it's boring! Weird. Anyway, we hope that even if you're such a person now, you won't be after looking through one or two issues of Plus...."
The format of Plus includes:
 Feature articles describing applications of mathematics to realworld problems, games, and puzzles;
 Reviews of popular mathematics books and events;
 News section that shows how recent news stories were often based on some underlying piece of mathematics that never made it to the newspapers;
 A mathematical puzzle for readers to sharpen their wits against;
 Interviews with people in mathematicsrelated career, showing the wide range of uses mathematics gets put to in the real world;
 A lucky dip of mathematical curiosities;
 Opinions on various mathematicsrelated topics and news stories.
Plus is produced by by Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas as part of the Millennium Mathematics Project, a UK initiative based in Cambridge.
To illustrate the richness of the ezine, the current issue (#37) of Plus has articles on:
 Gregory Chaitin, his new number Omega, and Kurt Gödel;
 Carla Farsi, mathematical artist extrodinaire;
 Using mathematics to fight crime;
 Einstein as a pop icon;
 The mathematics calculations underlying airfares;
 Interview with a Trinidad mathematics teacher.
 Mathematics in the newsDecember 2005
If only our National Council of Teachers of Mathematics followed suit and made its ezine OnMath available at no cost to the general public....then people (including many NCTM members) would know about it and its offerings.
