So, what is this site for?
It has several purposes:
- For teachers looking for extension material
- For speakers looking for talk outlines
- For students looking for project ideas
- For anyone to discover that maths is not a collection of isolated facts,
- ... it's a richly interlinked, inseparable web of ideas.
The purpose of this site is not to be an encyclopedia. We can't compete with Wikipedia
or MathWorld, and nor would we want to. That would be a waste of effort.
It's pretty bleak ...
Yes. The site - at the moment - is stark. Simple black text, few
pictures, fewer animations, and very little colour. In short, some people
will find it a complete turn-off.
Maybe that will change with time, but for now, the purpose is not "entertainment".
We are working to bring richer content to it, but the initial aim is to create
So what is the purpose?
We want to create an interconnection-rich set of pages, each with a single topic.
Each page should be small, concise, and have a taster of the topic, and then perhaps
give a reference to a page elsewhere with more details. Perhaps even giving a search
term, so even if the destination pages change, Google can still give good references.
We are not competing with:
The idea is to create a large number of small pages. Each page
just touches on the main points of a single idea or topic. These
then get linked automatically to each other by the underlying
system. It's the interlinking that drives this site.
Unlike WikiPedia, you don't need to do anything special to make
the linking happen. If some text matches a page name, the link
will come. You don't even need to run
words together. Even if there are spaces between words, just as
in normal text, the links will still be made.
Sometimes, of course, there may be links we don't want. We can
deal with that when it happens. To start with we simply need a
lot of pages. I've started, and I'm simply going to do a brain-
dump of everything I can think of.
What should you do?
If you see an error, you can fix it. At this stage almost every
page can be edited by literally anyone. When the site goes live
and gets advertised I'll lock down some pages so they require
passwords. For now, please, read the good style page, and edit.
All I want is two pages per week. That's all. If you put in
more then that would be fantastic. I'm continuing to work on
the navigation side, so you can start with a page and get a
cloud of related pages, or two pages, and get a path between
them. I'll also be contributing.
You are the first, and your efforts are critical. If it seems
like something isn't working, please, try it again, making clear
and precise notes of exactly what you do so I can reproduce it.
There will be teething problems, but the most critical thing is
to get the initial material.
Who am I writing for?
I see this as aimed at all ages from 14 up, but really technical
material should be left elsewhere and referenced. This site is
intended to create links, not to become an encyclopedia.
Please help make this work.
Thank you for your efforts. You are the chosen few, and I think
we can create something fantastic.
Looking forward to working with you.
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