Abstract / Synopsis
Popularization of mathematics plays a significant role in drawing more “friends of mathematics” from the public, which is important for the healthy and prosperous development of the discipline. The issue of a suitable balance between entertainment and learning is constantly on the minds of those who put effort into this task. This article discusses this issue in the context of mathematical museums and describes a simple problem involving seven light bulbs to illustrate its main points.
Man Keung Siu, "Balancing Entertainment and Learning in the Popularization of Mathematics: The Seven Light Bulbs Problem," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 8 Issue 1 (January 2018), pages 277-288. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201801.12. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss1/12