with Edward Cherlin of Earth Treasury

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/earthtreasury/

I share my letter to Stephen Wolfram. He lives in the area. Andrius

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Dear Stephen Wolfram,

Thank you again for the NKS Summer School 2008.

Please, may I meet with somebody from Wolfram Science to discuss how I and

my Minciu Sodas laboratory might work for you?

http://www.ms.lt

I'm currently in Boston until Wednesday, January 21.

These next few months I will be developing open source materials "Classic

Math Problems" for self-learners of algebra, including parents who home

school their children. I will teach math in terms of deep ideas behind

memorable problems, such as:

* Standard Pants sells pants for $90. Fashion Pants sells them for

one-third more, but now has a sale where they are one-third off. Where

should you buy your pants? Many people mistakenly think the price will be

the same. The answer 2/3 * 4/3 * x is evident when we think

step-by-step. (I teach that Algebra is the study of thinking

step-by-step.)

* A right triangle is half of a rectangle - this is the basis for

trigonometry, where the shape is given by the ratio of any two sides, or

by the angle, and so we can map between them.

* Four times a right triangle is the difference of two squares - this is a

natural way to derive the Pythagorean theorem, but also the relationship

between two coordinate systems.

I have already written course notes from which I taught at UCSD and most

recently this last semester in Bosnia:

http://www.worknets.org/upload/AndriusKulikauskas/precalculus.pdf

My Bosnian students started a math encyclopedia of "amounts and units" as

I described last summer:

http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?MathEncyclopedia

I would love to link each idea with exercises that could be done with

Mathematica and with your web tools. I envisage a set of fifty or so

self-standing problems/ideas that one might master to learn algebra. I

imagine they might form a "pattern language".

Might I develop my materials so they are relevant for you and you might

provide some funding?

I have come to Boston to attend the One Laptop Per Child conference

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XOcamp2 encouraged by Edward Cherlin, who is

organizing the creation of open source textbooks. You might send a

person! (It's free.)

Certainly, I and my lab could organize a global team for creating

inspiring math learning materials. And we could certainly include New

Kind of Science ideas and problems. Last summer I wrote you a proposal:

http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?ANewKindOfCulture

Afterwards, I wrote a smaller proposal ($12,000) where I might focus on an

exhaustive study of the transition diagrams of cellular automata

http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?CellularAutomata

This would be great work to prepare in advance of your summer school.

I hope you might encourage me to work with Wolfram Science!

Who might I meet with?

Andrius

Andrius Kulikauskas

Minciu Sodas

http://www.ms.lt

ms@...

skype: minciusodas

P.S. I share my letter with Minciu Sodas groups Living By Truth, Global

Villages, Learning From Each Other, Earth Treasury.