Aiding the Teaching of Geometry and Affording Mathematical Recreation: Paper Folding in the Spirit of Sundara Rao of Madras – Acknowledgments and About the Author

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)



The author thanks library, museum, and mathematical colleagues across the globe for their help in assembling disparate sources. She is especially grateful to Convergence reviewers and editors for useful improvements to the historical account and for adding suggestions of possible classroom activities. Both the author and the editors thank Chuck Lindsey (Florida Gulf Coast University) for identifying specific examples in Rao's book that could serve as the basis of classroom activities drawing connections between Rao's paper folding constructions and ancient Greek mathematics.


About the Author

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell is Curator of Mathematics at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). She became aware of the role of paper folding in geometry teaching as a result of examining hundreds of models in the NMAH collections, and she has also enjoyed seeing models folded by interns and museum staff.