Changing the Culture 2000: Visualising Mathematics

  • Date: 04/28/2000

H.S.M. Coxeter
Nassif Ghoussoub
Walter Whiteley, York University
Peter Borwein, SFU
Sue Haberger, Mathematics, Centennial Secondary
Nancy Heckman, Statistics, UBC
Susan Oesterle, Mathematics, Douglas College
Walter Whiteley, Mathematics, York University
Malgorzata Dubiel
Bill Casselman, UBC




8:45 - 9:15 Registration


9:15 - 9:30 Welcoming remarks: Nassif Ghoussoub, Director of PIMS


9:30 - 10:30 Keynote lecture: Visual Work and the Mathematics Classroom
by Walter Whiteley, York University (see abstract).


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break


11:00 - 12:30 Three concurrent workshops: Hi-tech, Lo-tech, No-tech.


12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (provided)


13:30 - 15:00 Panel Discussion: What role can visualisation play in the teaching of mathematics?
Peter Borwein -- Chair (Mathematics and Statistics, SFU)
Sue Haberger (Mathematics, Centennial Secondary)
Nancy Heckman (Statistics, UBC)
Susan Oesterle (Mathematics, Douglas College)
Walter Whiteley (Mathematics, York University)


15:00 - 16:30 Three concurrent workshops: Hi-tech, Lo-tech, No-tech. (As in the morning.)


16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break


17:00 - 18:00 Public lecture: The Mathematics in the Art of M.C. Escher
by H.S.M. Coxeter, University of Toronto (see abstract).



The Workshops:


Hi-tech. Cinderella is a new constructive geometry program along the lines of Geometer's Sketchpad but with an enlarged and differently designed arsenal of tools. June Lester, University of New Brunswick, will give a demonstration of it and lead a couple of workshops for those interested in a closer acquaintance.


Lo-tech. Malgorzata Dubiel, SFU, is one of Canada's leading exponents in constructing geometric models on the crucial hands-on level. She is also the main organiser this conference. Her workshop will include pop-up fractals, origami, polyhedra, and more.


No-tech. The third workshop will re-examine high school geometry in the light of the Geometry Resource Package released by the BC Student Assessment and Program Evaluation Branch in September 1999. It will be led by Bill Casselman, UBC.


Each workshop will last 90 minutes and will take place twice, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Thus, participants will be able (but not obliged) to sign up for two of the three. Plenty of time will be left for coffee breaks and other opportunities for informal encounters.


If you have further questions or need help with the registration,
please send e-mail to Malorzata Dubiel ( or phone Sadika
Jungic (604-291-5808).

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