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Teaching Mathematics with Ephemera: Bibliography and About the Author

Amy Ackerberg-Hastings (Independent Scholar)

Ackerberg-Hastings, Amy. "John Playfair in Letters." In Proceedings of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics, edited by Antonella Cupillari, 9–18. Vol. 18, Thirty-First Annual Meeting, 4–6 June 2005.

Ackerberg-Hastings, Amy. "John Playfair on British Decline in Mathematics," BSHM Bulletin 23, no. 2 (2008): 81–95.

Ackerberg-Hastings, Amy. "John Playfair's Approach to 'the Practical Parts of the Mathematics'." In Research in History and Philosophy of Mathematics: The CSHPM 2017 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, edited by Maria Zack and Dirk Schlimm, 91–107. Proceedings of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics. Birkhäuser, 2018.

Buchan, James. Crowded with Genius: The Scottish Enlightenment: Edinburgh's Moment of the Mind. New York: Harper, 2003.

California State Library. "California Ephemera." Last updated in 2019.

Cronin, Blaise, and Yvonne Rogers. "From Victorian Visiting Card to vCard: The Evolution of a Communicative Genre." Journal of Information Science 29, no. 1 (2003): 65–68.

Daiches, David, Peter Jones, and Jean Jones, eds. A Hotbed of Genius: The Scottish Enlightenment 1730-1790. Edinburgh: University Press, 1986.

Drake, Frederick D., and Sarah Drake Brown. "A Systematic Approach to Improve Students' Historical Thinking." The History Teacher 36, no. 4 (2003): 465–489.

The Ephemera Society of America. 2013. (Clicking on "What is Ephemera?" at the bottom of the page brings up a list of categories of ephemera, many of which have descriptive paragraphs or short essays as well as illustrations.)

Historic New England. "Collections Search." Last updated in 2018.

Hoppe, Michelle. "Calling Cards and the Etiquette of Paying Calls." Literary Liaisons. 2000.

Kolpas, Sid. "Antiquarian Texts & Ephemera = Excitement & Enrichment." Ephemera Journal 12, no. 4 (1994): 26–27.

Kuzmanovich, Jim. "Mathematical Stamp Collecting." Wake Forest University. ca 2000.

Lee, John, ed. Historical Ephemera. 2016.

Lee, John. "Using Historical Ephemera in the Classroom." 2018.

Library of Congress. "Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and other Printed Ephemera." Digital Collections.

Miller, Jeff. "Images of Mathematicians on Postage Stamps." Last updated in 2018.

National Archives and Records Administration. "Document Analysis Worksheets." Educator Resources. Last updated December 18, 2018.

Naval History and Heritage Command. "Our Collections."

Playfair, John. Prospectus of a Course of Lectures on Some of the Practical Parts of the Mathematics. Edinburgh, 1793.

Playfair, William. The Commercial and Political Atlas and Statistical Breviary. 1786. Reprint edited and introduced by Howard Wainer and Ian Spence. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The Early Sixties: American Science. 2014.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Matemática and the British Society for the History of Mathematics. Philamat: Mathematics—A Philatelic History. 2015. (Toggle between the Portuguese and English languages by clicking on the circle to the right of "Contactos".)

"Victorian Calling Card Etiquette." All Things Victorian. 1997.

About the Author

Amy Ackerberg-Hastings co-edits MAA Convergence, the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Bulletin, and the CSHPM Notes column in Canadian Mathematical Society Notes. She has over a decade of experience with teaching undergraduate history majors the principles and methods of historical research and mentoring them through preparation of their senior original research project. She has also worked in the mathematics collections at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (NMAH) and held a fellowship in NMAH's Dibner Library. Her PhD from Iowa State University is in the history of science and technology.

Amy Ackerberg-Hastings (Independent Scholar), "Teaching Mathematics with Ephemera: Bibliography and About the Author," Convergence (April 2019)