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http://www.adjectivenounmth.com is not right. The right URL is http://www.adjectivenounmath.com

And thanks for the wonderful lectures đź™‚

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]]>Beautifully framed, superb focus, excellent camera work and sound. It’s obvious to me that you and your crew spent a LOT of time trying to get that aspect correct when you made it and that hard work shines through 45 years later.

ONE thing that puts your presentation head and shoulders above all the others is that your blackboards were already beautifully prepared beforehand for these videos with immaculate explanations and graphs.

I contrast this with other well known examples in this genre where the professor’s failure to completely erase his rather messy blackboard writings makes the blackboard virtually unreadable after 45 minutes, because the previous layers of writing remain visible to varying degrees.

So in that sense your “production values” aced the competition.

Watching these lectures in superb black and white just reminds me of watching an old Hitchcock film in Panavision, a thoroughly enriching experience.

Thanks for such a superb course!

]]>After many months of not looking at this site, I came across it today and I want to thank everyone for the positive comments they made. When OCW decided to digitize and upload the videos I had made forty years earlier I was nervous about whether the sophisticated viewers of today would â€ślook downâ€ť at the primitive production values in the videos. I was relieved (perhaps â€śexhilaratedâ€ť would be a better word) to find that this was not at all the case. Parts 2 and 3 of the course are now also posted and I am anxiously looking forward to seeing how these videos are being received.

What might seem sort of surprising is that the five years I spent producing the course at MIT were a small but enjoyable part of my career. More specifically, for the ten years before coming to MIT I was teaching at a community college in Corning New York and for the thirty years following my stay at MIT I taught at a community college in Boston MA. In all those years I specialized in teaching arithmetic and basic algebra to â€śmathephobicâ€ť adult learners. Three years ago at the age of 80, I came to grips with the possibility that death might not be optional; so I began to develop my own website (www.adjectivenounmth.com) where I am uploading all of my videos, power point presentations and written material on arithmetic and basic algebra for anyone to use free of charge. If you had the time I would be delighted if were to visit my website and let me know what you think of it. I am very pleased with it but I worry that the folks who might benefit the most form it might not even know that it exists. So if you do like the website, please help me spread the word.

I wish all of you the very best in all of your endeavors. I feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to develop the â€śCalculus Revisitedâ€ť course for MIT.

]]>I was thinking the same thing. I work as an engineer and in the industry we essentially have templates if you will. For example if you want to simulate a beam pattern response of a sinusoidal signal that was previously transmitted you use Euler’s relation (e^I*theta) and plug in the specifics for your problem.

I was never content with this and wanted to dig deeper and find out exactly how everything worked together. I found much of what I was looking for when I looked at the history of mathematics. For example what motiviated Newton and Leibnitz to invent the calculus in the first place? Where did the number ‘e’ come from? What is the history of the number pi (let’s forget that pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s diameter)?

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