Partition Numbers: An Accessible Overview (VIDEO!)

In January 2011 there was a breakthrough in a famous, tough, unsolved problem in mathematics – finding a formula for the partition numbers. In this series if mini-videos I give an accessible introduction and overview of the mathematics and history of these numbers. We start with child’s play, move to the work of Euler and Ramanujan, and then in the final video attempt to give a sense of what the recent breakthrough is for all those who don’t have the high-powered mathematics at hand.

These videos are aimed towards students, teachers and math enthusiasts!
Partitions Lecture Part I
Partitions Lecture Part II
Partitions Lecture Part III
Partitions Lecture Part IV
Accompanying Essay Proving Euler’s Results


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    Written for educators - and their students too! - this website, slowly growing, takes all the content Tanton has developed in his books, videos, and workshops, and organizes it into short, self-contained, and complete, curriculum units proving that mathematics, at all points of the school curriculum, can be joyous, fresh, innovative, rich, deep-thinking, and devoid of any rote doing! Let's teach generations of students to be self-reliant thinkers, willing to flail and to use their common sense to "nut their way" through challenges, to assess and judge results, and to adjust actions to find success. (Great life skills!)


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