Word Processing & Internet Research
Overview
Mathematicians and scientists are people too!!!!! Did you know that
Sir Isaac Newton was inspired to study mathematics after a fight with
a school bully? Leonhard Euler wrote more mathematics than anyone 
even after he became totally blind!!!! Great mathematical or
scientific discoveries were made by real people who experienced the
same misunderstandings and frustrations that we all do when learning
a new concept. The purpose of this activity is for you to research a
person who made a math or science discovery happen.
Concepts
 Students will use websites to research a famous mathematician
or scientist.
Students will construct a cube or tetrahedron to display their findings.
 Students will use ClarisWorks processing to write about their
mathematician or scientist.
 Students will use clip art and other art/maps etc. relating to
their person from the website, to enhance their display.
Indicators
 Completion of a cube or tetrahedron that has a 5 inch
edge.
 Required information includes: Statistics (name picture, birth
and death yrs. if available, birth place), Map, Greatest
Contribution, Trivia or Interesting Fact, Education, and
Biographical Sketch.
Precomputer
 Choose mathematician or scientist from given list. (see
attachment)
 Construct polyhedron
 Discuss possible websites to research
 Review other noncomputer resources of information.
 Discuss and review responsible Internet behavior.
On the computer
 Go to Calendar Website to locate a mathematician that has the
same birthday as theirs. (There are only a few birthday dates that
have no mathematician born on that day. In that case have student
select one of “ancient mathematicians whose day of birth is
unknown (such as Pythagoras)).
 Research websites for required information about the selected
mathematician.
 Use ClarisWorks to word processor the information.
 Find, select and print art and illustrations relating to their
research.
Postcomputer
 Organize and place information on their polyhedron according
to the given directions.
 Student work will be evaluated by the teacher according to the
rubric. ( see attachment)
Related resources
 Start With :
http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/~judyann/calendar/Calendar.html
(mathematician birthdays by the month)
• Other Website Research Sites

http://wwwgroups.dcs.stand.ac.uk./~history/Mathematical_Mactour.html
(has biographies, maps, and other tidbits about mathematicians)
 http://www.siue.edu/~dcollin/mathfame.html
( alpha list with photos, sources given)
 http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/HistMath/People/RBallHist.html
(Mathematicians of 17th and 18th century)
 http://wwwinst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~jsalas/mathbios.html
(Tidbits of famous mathematicians)
 http://www.scotlan.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm
( Biographies of women mathematicians)
 http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/madpeeps.html
( Profiles of mathematicians of the African Diaspora in the 20th
Century)

http://www.twingroves.district96.k12.il.us/Mathematician/Mathematicians.html
( Mathematician links to Library of Congress and other sites)
 http://www.biography.com
(A&E Biography)
 http://www.bpl.org/WWW/KIDS/People.html
(Links to many biographical subject areas)
 http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/hstm/hstm_bio.htm
(Biographical sources for history of science, technology &
medicine)
 http://wwwhistory.mcs.stand.as.uk/~history/BiogIndex.html
(Index of biographies)
 http://www.lib.lsu.edu/lib/chem/display/faces.html
(Faces of science: African Americans)
Attachment