Re: FYI: Free-open source physics book and productivity software for USB memory stick by InSTEDD.org to download - Re: [learnhowtolearn] Thank you, Edward, open source math books
- John Deneen,
Thank you for alerting us to the Motion Mountain open source physics text
book by Christoph Schiller. This is a great resource to learn from and
leverage as I work on mathematics resources.
I am also interested how I and our Minciu Sodas laboratory
http://www.ms.lt might work with or for InSTEDD and Eric Rasmussen. We
excel at organizing global teams of independent thinkers. We are making
good progress in defining a culture of independent thinkers. Thank you
for thinking of us.
> *Re: **Dec. 8, 2008 - Silicon Valley Conference Aims to Raise--
> Planetary IQ<http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/12/silicon-valley.html>
> Below are pointers to a free and open source book in many languages to
> review and read which can be downloaded on a USB memory stick along with
> free open-source software for sharing, as well as, provide you technical
> insights of applied physics in context of the real world where ever you
> live. Overall, it will benefit youth not only in high school and college
> courses but also develop technical interests and expertise for a career.
> - *Physics lab studies using a free open-source textbook:** Motion
> Mountain - The Adventures of Physics
> - *The One Ounce Laptop
> originally developed for a StrongAngel3.net
> Integrated Disaster Response Demonstration
> <http://www.strongangel3.net/>directed by Dr. Eric Rasmussen at San
> Diego, CA in Aug. 2006. Dr.
> Eric Rasmussen is now CEO at InSTEDD.org (Innovative Support to
> Diseases and Disasters) <http://instedd.org/executiveteam> **in Palo
> Alto, CA.
> InSTEDD.org is deeply interested in humanitarian collaboration through
> technology innovation. We are looking carefully at the problems faced by
> those involved in disease tracking and disaster response, and we're moving
> forward in focused ways to help them.
> TOOzL is available courtesy of the Mindtel Project. It is a package of
> -source software that enables one to carry critical communications and
> office productivity tools (and corresponding data) on a USB memory
> stick. Download
> the software from
> Based on this article below, may be someday it will be available on
> Android mobile phone operating system world-wide?
> Google unveils Android mobile operating
> late 2007, Android--a Linux-based open software platform created by
> services giant Google with the stated goal of "fostering innovation on
> mobile devices and giving consumers a far better user experience than much
> of what is available on today's mobile platforms"--promises a brave new
> world of developmental freedom and flexibility, especially in comparison
> the strict proprietary nature of the iPhone OS. Where Apple has limited
> scope of the iPhone SDK, restricting developers from creating applications
> that encroach on some proprietary features, the Android SDK is a
> veritable *tabula
> rasa*, limited almost solely by the imagination and technical know-how of
> the developer in question. Developers who've created applications for both
> iPhone and Android insist the latter poses far fewer challenges--not only
> does Google foster a far more collaborative
> but it's also easier to publish on the Android
> storefront than on the App Store.
> So why aren't there as many developers gravitating to Android as there are
> to iPhone? For starters, it's a question of revenue--Google has insisted
> that developers cannot sell premium applications through Android Market
> until the first quarter of 2009. Also, at this particular moment in time
> there is only one Android-powered device available to U.S.
> subscribers--the HTC-produced
> offered by T-Mobile USA, although handset makers like Motorola and Samsung
> have promised Android phones of their own in 2009. But make no mistake:
> Android will have legs. Expect future iterations of the software to
> a mobile-optimized version of Chrome, the Google-developed web browser
> introduced in early September--within 24 hours of Chrome's release, Google
> claimed 1 percent of the global browser market, according to Internet
> traffic analysis firm StatCounter. Other Android improvements on tap
> reportedly include video capture, enhanced download functionality and
> support for speech recognition and Bluetooth. Expect Android to dominate
> throughout 2009.
> All the best to you and your family's Christmas and New Years celebrations
> and success in shifting into 2009.
> -- John Deneen
> On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 11:20 AM, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
>> Edward Cherlin,
>> Thank you for including me and others at our Minciu Sodas in your open
>> text book initiative for the OLPC laptop.
>> Yes, I would very much like to write such an electronic book. That would
>> be a good step strategically for me at this time as I look for new
>> that is relevant to our lab. This semester I taught algebra from my
>> at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. My students
>> my teaching and I have heard that it has helped them in other classes as
>> well. I would like to write up a series of "Classic Math Problems" and I
>> think they would link together well as an electronic resource and also
>> could be made available as single pages that could be printed out and
>> in places like Africa as Ricardo envisages below.
>> I would like to attend the OLPC XO camp the week of January 12-17 in
>> Cambridge, Massachusetts. That is finals week over here and I have asked
>> if I might end my class early so that I could attend. I have a ticket
>> which I can use to fly from the US to Europe. Is there any hope for
>> sponsorship of a ticket from Europe to the US?
>> I share Ricardo's letter. Ricardo the main group now is Edward Cherlin's
>> working group Earth Treasury
>> Edward, I recommend that we all work through your group because your
>> personal leadership is key here for this initiative but also others,
>> through you are all related.
>> Also, Ann Henry is interested in helping with ESL text books. Ann, I
>> encourage you to join Earth Treasury as well, send a blank message to
>> Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
>> Hi Andrius
>> I'm sure there'll be a lot of discussion of open source books. I'll be
>> intersted to see follow the threads.
>> I think Pam McLean might be interested in it. She knows a teacher in
>> Nigeria called Fola (Folabi Sunday), who teaches in a rural school with
>> very few books (just 10). Mind you, 'producing the best math book' and
>> 'getting books to cash-strapped schools' are 2 different aims. The only
>> connection I can think of is that modern books are too long, leading to
>> high print costs for 300 pages, when a better-written book could say it
>> all in 75 to 100 pages, like text-books from the 1940s and 1950s, when
>> there was paper-rationing.
>> I saw this article about math teaching the other day, that may be
>> to iproving the teaching style in math books. It makes a number of very
>> good points, such as an over-emphasis on 'rigour', making the books
>> dry-as-dust and killing people's interest stone dead, instead of
>> presenting material in a natural, visual way, showing what it really
>> in the real world and what you use it for. It says its like teaching
>> of the theory of paint-production, before kids are allowed to start
>> I particularly liked the clear way it summarises what arithmetic,
>> and calculus are...
>> Here's my take: Calculus does to algebra what algebra did to arithmetic.
>> Arithmetic is about manipulating numbers (addition, multiplication,
>> Algebra finds patterns between numbers: a2 + b2 = c2 is a famous
>> relationship, describing the sides of a right triangle. Algebra finds
>> entire sets of numbers — if you know a and b, you can find c.
>> Calculus finds patterns between equations: you can see how one equation
>> (circumference = 2 * pi * r) relates to a similar one (area = pi * r2 ).
>> It also makes you think about how much a book should emphasise 1) How a
>> formula was first found/discovered/proved, compared with 2) Using it for
>> practical things. What's the correct emphasis for a particular
>> and age-range?
>> I have a bit of 'a bee in my bonnet' about the way math is taught. The
>> dry-as-dust approach to math teaching on my electronics degree course
>> it 10 times harder than neccessary.
>> I found that reading the nice easy style and diagrams of UK Open
>> University text books in the university library, made it a lot easier
>> me to read the dry-style text books I'd been assigned on the electronics
>> course. Math is a large part of Digital Signal Processing (digital
>> for sound/radio signals, and the stability criterion
>> (bounciness/undershoot/overshoot) of electronic motor control systems
>> elevators, etc.
>> Digital Signal Processing might be a good area of applied-math for some
>> our African friends to get into, on a 'hire a programmer' type basis. It
>> doesn't require much internet access. It's 99% offline work and hard
>> thinking. PCs are fast enough to do DSP functions nowadays, and there
>> some cheap PIC or AVR microcontroller boards to do real-time DSP and
>> developing some products. It might suit people doing college/university
>> level courses like Kims and Prosper in Tanzania. DSP comes into sound
>> video processing, photo processing for sharpening, etc.
>> Can you tell me which is the 'master' Yahoo Group for the 'open source
>> books' discussion please. Then I can post this myself.
>> Have a nice day.