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What to do 1. Select a math or science question or problem that interests you. It could be as simple as "How do I find the area of a circle?" or "Why is the sky blue?" or as complex as "Can I build a device that automatically toasts bread in the morning so that it's ready just as I want breakfast?" 2. Record your question or problem in your journal. 3. Record the thoughts you have and the actions you take as you try to answer the question or problem. Include the answers to such questions as:
4. Be sure to date each entry. In addition to your own thoughts, you might also consider including any of the following:
Learning More On Giants' Shoulders: Great Scientists and Their Discoveries from Archimedes to DNA. Reinvent the Wheel: Make Classic Inventions, Discover Your ProblemSolving Genius, and Take the Inventor's Challenge. The Write Site The Method One of the reasons that historians and mathematicians are interested in the Archimedes' Palimpsest is that it contains the only known copy of Archimedes' work The Method. The Method is written as a letter from Archimedes to his colleague Eratosthenes. Archimedes explains how he discovered his theorems on volumes, especially the volume of the sphere. It is interesting to note that the technique Archimedes describes in the manuscript is different from the final proof that he published. In short, The Method, like all good journals, gives us a glimpse of the mind of a great mathematician and insight into the process of discovery. 




