Technology has long been useful as a research tool in mathematics. Before the advent of computers, mathematicians experimented by generating examples based on pen and paper calculations. As technology progressed, mathematicians were among the first to use the latest technology to generate ever more complex and intricate examples. By studying these examples, mathematicians recognized patterns, stated conjectures, and proved theorems.
Many who have used technology to teach mathematics have been bothered by distractions involved in teaching how to use the technology as opposed to the benefits that technology provides. Mathematicians have, over the past couple of hundred years, developed universally-recognized notation that allows mathematicians to communicate precisely and efficiently. Computer languages have their own syntax, which often differs significantly from standard mathematical notation. With the development of Scientific Notebook, the authors recognized the unique opportunity to develop materials that take full advantage of technology, yet use standard mathematical notation.
- Diane Davis: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Metropolitan State College of Denver
- Darel Hardy: Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University
- Carol Walker: Associate Dean Emeritus, New Mexico State University
- Fred Richman: Professor, Department of Mathematics, Florida Atlantic University
- Robert Wisner: Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematical Sciences, New Mexico State University