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Mathematics News ala Italy

Want to have access to a e-newspaper about mathematics education? The site Mathematics.it is a good candidate.

On first view, the site is quite bland and somewhat difficult to navigate. But, in the area "Mathematics News" you will find an archive of a great number of articles (seemingly all reached via links) that will last longer in supply than your time available to read them.

To illustrate the type of news, one example is the recent award of the Abel Prize (about $925,000) to Swedish mathematician Lennart Carleson for proving a 19th century conjecture involving the Fourier series, which forms the basis for harmonic analyses. The series is named Joseph Fourier, a French mathematician and engineer, who propsoed in 1807 that physical phenomena (e.g. vibrations of violin strings) can be approximated closely by sums of sine/cosine wave patterns. Carlson was able to prove, after more than 150 years, that every function equals the sum of its Fourier series.

As a second example, the site links to an article about the increasing use of mathematics to catch criminals and bring them to justice. With a CSI flovor, the article describes the use of mathematics to help "forensic scientists work out a range of problems including the trajectories of bullets, fingerprint recognition and the speed of moving vehicles.....tracing the culprit in water pollution to what or who killed Tutankhamen.... to work out the position of landmines from a photograph of an area of land."

Personally, I do not fully understand this site nor how it operates (i.e. who supports it financially and who selects its content). Nonetheless, I have found a great amount of interesting ideas on it.....so if you are looking for similar things (i.e. "interesting ideas"), I recommend it.