## JANUARY

## EUROPEAN HERITAGE MONTH

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EUROPEAN HERITAGE

The European Heritage Days are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by the people of Europe

EUROPEAN STEM

Here you can find information about the mathematicians we will highlight this month and mathematics community resources.

GREEK MATHEMATICIAN PYTHAGOREAS

This brief introduction to the life of the founder of the cults of the Mathematikoi and Akousmatikoi Pythagoreans covers the entirety of what can be said with certainty, based on the most scholastic research on history, math and cultism available now (2010), about the events that occured to him during the lifetime of the Greatest Teacher of Mathematics who ever lived.

HOW ANCIENT GREEKS SHAPED MODERN MATHEMATICS

Often called the "birthplace of civilisation", Ancient Greece heralded numerous advances in philosophy, science, sport and also mathematics. Over six centuries from 600 BC a group of revolutionary thinkers -- from Thales, Pythagoras, Democritus and Aristotle to Euclid, Archimedes and Hypatia of Alexandria -- formalised the rules and language of modern mathematics.

For Greek thinkers, maths wasn't simply a means of calculating amounts but a way of testing reality and understanding the true nature of the world around them. Indeed, Pythagoras is believed to have coined both the words "philosophy" ("love of wisdom") and "mathematics" ("that which is learned"). In turn, Euclid came to be known as the "father of geometry".

At the heart of this new understanding, was the concept of "the proof", developed by Euclid in what is commonly regarded as the most important and successful mathematical textbook of all time -- the "Stoicheion" or "Elements". Built upon the axiomatic method, mathematical proofs were a way of testing assumptions by building up a mathematical argument using self-evident or assumed statements (or, "axioms").

It is this methodology that formed the foundational language and logic of modern mathematics throughout the world. Indeed, Euclid's Elements was widely used as the seminal maths textbook right up until the start of the twentieth century.

For Greek thinkers, maths wasn't simply a means of calculating amounts but a way of testing reality and understanding the true nature of the world around them. Indeed, Pythagoras is believed to have coined both the words "philosophy" ("love of wisdom") and "mathematics" ("that which is learned"). In turn, Euclid came to be known as the "father of geometry".

At the heart of this new understanding, was the concept of "the proof", developed by Euclid in what is commonly regarded as the most important and successful mathematical textbook of all time -- the "Stoicheion" or "Elements". Built upon the axiomatic method, mathematical proofs were a way of testing assumptions by building up a mathematical argument using self-evident or assumed statements (or, "axioms").

It is this methodology that formed the foundational language and logic of modern mathematics throughout the world. Indeed, Euclid's Elements was widely used as the seminal maths textbook right up until the start of the twentieth century.

ITALIAN MATHEMATICIAN LEONARDO FIBONACCI

Official book trailer from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Summary: This picture-book biography chronicles the life and career of Leonardo Fibonacci, one of Europe's most famed mathematicians and the person for whom the Fibonacci sequence is named.

FIBONACCI SEQUENCE IN NATURE

This is a video compilation of clips from various sources with The Divine Book: The Absolute Creator

FIBONACCI SEQUENCE

Fibonacci, a life worth living.

FLATLAND MOVIE

The official trailer for the new animated adventure - Flatland: The Movie. Adapted from the beloved classic by English teacher Edwin A. Abbott.

MATH ACTIVITY - EUROPEAN HERITAGE

Investigating the Fibonacci Sequence is a wonderful way to explore number and pattern through making authentic connections to the world we live in.

The Fibonacci numbers have been described as ‘nature’s numbering system’ because of the mysterious way they continuously pop up in the natural world! They have intrigued mathematicians for hundreds of years – so why not introduce them to your students and let them experience the wonder and amazement of the Fibonacci phenomenon!

The Fibonacci numbers have been described as ‘nature’s numbering system’ because of the mysterious way they continuously pop up in the natural world! They have intrigued mathematicians for hundreds of years – so why not introduce them to your students and let them experience the wonder and amazement of the Fibonacci phenomenon!