SECTION TABLE OF CONTENTS

- No Muss, No Fuss Trig. A memory aid for basic trigonometry
- More Trig Visualizing some of the more common trig values
- Manual Square Roots: What to do when your calculator batteries die.
- The Perpetual Calendar : How it's calculated.
- Spectral Classes of Stars
- 2 = 1? Or how our math system would collapse into uselessness if it weren't for one very important rule
- 5 = -1? Another example of the dangers of Algebra gone awry.
- My Math and Science Background

USEFUL BOOKS

(double click the title link if you want to view the contents of, or buy the book from, Amazon.com)

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Mathematics

- Boyer, Carl B. A History of Mathematics“>. 3 Ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011. ISBN: 0-470-52548-7. [Very easy-to-read book. Has a nifty chronological table which tracks various mathematicians and important mathematical developments. Recommended]
- Cutler, Ann; McShane, Rudolph. The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1983. ISBN: 0313232008. [a very speedy way of doing math in your head is presented in this book (imagine doing the square root of a number in your head as fast as you can do the calculation on a calculator . . . or even faster). The system itself is taught to children in Switzerland. Very interesting; and very alien to how we learn math here in the U.S. A worthwhile read with lots of good examples.]
- Hogben, Lancelot. Mathematics in the Making. New York: Galahad Books. 1960. ISBN: 0883651882. [Another very easy-to-read book on the historical development of mathematics. Has lots of diagrams and pictures . . . and some puzzles. Explanations are very good. Highly recommended.]
- Smith, D.E. History of Mathematics: Volume I. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1958. ISBN: 0-486-20429-4. [Covers the history of mathematics from ancient Greece and the Orient until the late 9th Century. Lots of biographic material on persons who´ve contributed to development of math.]
- Smith, D.E. History of Mathematics: Volume II. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1958. ISBN: 0-486-20430-8. [Covers the evolution of mathematical techniques: e.g., arithmetic, geometry, trig, calculating devices, algebra, calculus, etc. Contains problems, constructions, recreations, and applications which are explained and illustrated.]

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Meteorology (the weather)

- Weisberg, Joseph S. Meteorology: The Earth and Its Weather, 2nd Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1981. ISBN: 0-395-29516-5.
- Williams, Jack. The Weather Book: An Easy to Understand Guide to the USA's Weather, 2nd Edition. New York: Random House. 1997. ISBN:0-679-77665-6. [an excellent book on weather, complete with marvelous pictures and diagrams similar to those you’d expect from USA Today]

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Nanotechnology

- Crandall, BC; Lewis, James. Nanotechnology Research and Perspectives MIT Press. 1992. ISBN: 0262031957
- Drexler, K. Eric. Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology. New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday. 1986. ISBN:0-385-19973-2
- Drexler, K. Eric.Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. New York: John Wiley Interscience. 1992. ISBN:0-471-57518-6. [WARNING: Highly technical book, but it does discuss what’s feasible and what’s likely to be problematic with this emerging technology.]
- Drexler, K. Eric. Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution. New York: Quill, William Morrow Company. 1991. ISBN:0-688-12573-5.[one of the clearest, easiest to read books on the subject for a layman; excellent book on nanotech and its possible ramifications]
- Krummenacker, Markus; Lewis, James. Prospects in Nanotechnology: Toward Molecular Manufacturing. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1995. ISBN:0-471-30914-1.
- Lampton, Christopher. Nanotechnology Playhouse. Waite. 1993. ISBN: 1878739336.
- Regis, Ed. NANO: The Emerging Science of Nanotechnology New York: Little, Brown. 1995. ISBN:0-316-73852-2.

USEFUL WWW LINKS:

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Math

- Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center [Presents many different kinds of calculators (e.g., for problems related to Agriculture, Auto, Trucks, Motorcycles, Blackjack, Craps, Horse Racing, Odds & Percentages, Communications, and many others)]

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Nanotechnology

- Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
- Foresight Institute [K. Eric Drexler’s site, find out about nanotech developments and link to other nanotech sites]
- IBM's Nanotechnology Site [IBM is one of the leaders in nanotech research]
- Ralph Merkle's Nanotechnology site [basic nanotech site with lots of links]
- National Nanotechnology Initiative [The US agenda is presented here]
- Sci Nanotech Archives [messages archived from the usenet’s sci nanotech newsgroup ]
- Science Daily's Nanotechnology News [keep up on developments via this site]