History

As a corollary of Section 8 of the Right to Education Act, every young Indian citizen in elementary school today has the legal right to get mathematics education of good quality. Perhaps India is the only country in the world, where this is legally mandatory. Two questions are now squarely on the agenda of Indian math education: “What is math education of good quality?” and, “Is it possible to ensure this for every child?”

If you want a whirlwind tour of the history of mathematics in four hours, where you will be taken to marvellous sites all around the globe, meet historians of mathematics,
mathematicians, curators of museums, descendants of famous mathematicians and also learn some mathematics, then you must see the four-part series called The Story of Maths. This series, produced by BBC Four (http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour) and presented by Professor Marcus du Sautoy, aired in October 2008.

Behind the humble chilli is a fascinating story that takes one around the world. This story is not just about the spicy chilli, but also about the adventures of brave warriors and traders, about stormy seas and new lands. Enjoy this fascinating account written by a renowned expert on globalization.

When we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer?

When you think of Archimedes’ Eureka moment, you probably imagine a man in a bathtub, right? As it turns out, there's much more to the story. Armand D'Angour tells the story of Archimedes' biggest assignment -- an enormous floating palace commissioned by a king -- that helped him find Eureka.

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Through a play on the figure of Rodin's thinker, this 1981 animated film about environmental pollution looks at man's journey from caves to cities.

A review of 'The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood' by James Gleick

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Stamps make for interesting lessons in the classroom. The writer shares her experience with using postage stamps with students from Class VII...

Can postage stamps be used in class to teach subjects like geography and general knowledge?  We tried using them in our classroom and the results were encouraging! The children enjoyed the learning process and not only displayed their stamp collections but also designed their own! 

Most subject teachers handle reading as a process of acquiring information about the subject. But there is much more to reading – subject teachers too can help students discover the joys of reading, with little extra effort. A history teacher shares her experiences...

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