Minimalistic Tools for Mathematical Multimedia

  • Erich Neuwirth
Conference paper
Part of the Mathematics and Visualization book series (MATHVISUAL)

Abstract

The term “multimedia” is often used in connection with specialized tools for creating video sequence or visual animations synchronized with sound effects, with some additional user control. We will present some examples demon-strating that by using widely available standard software tools (like e.g. spreadsheet programs) we can create multimedia units allowing to illustrate mathematical concepts and applications in an easy way. By using software tools which are available on most PC’s we have the important side effect of showing that mathematical examples can be implemented without relying on specialized mathematical tools, thereby bringing mathematics closed to the working environment of nonmathemati-cians. We will illustrate this by examples which have the additional virtue of being of interest to a wider audience by dealing with questions of interest also “outside of mathematics”.

Keywords

Sine Pyramid Wolfram 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erich Neuwirth
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  1. 1.Institut für Statistik and Decision Support SystemUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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