It’s not my thing to repeat posts, and I don’t do InstaTicker, or whatever is the current social medium sinkhole. But it is seemingly a good time to humbly remind readers of this post, on the mathematician Michael Deakin. I had promised then to write about Mike in the “future”, but the future came quicker than I anticipated. I still plan to write more on Mike soon (for some value of “soon”).
My post from last year, a republishing of a 2014 Maths Masters column, begins
Younger readers may not previously have heard of Michael Deakin, but they should know of him. Mike lectured for many years at Monash University and many (older) maths teachers would have been taught by him. More widely, Mike’s decades of tireless work on the magazine Function has had a profound influence on thousands of Australian teachers and students, including a young Maths Master.
Mike Deakin is worth remembering for the great man he was, and the great he did. I encourage readers to do so.
6 Replies to “Remembering Mike Deakin”
Function is a brilliant source of ideas and I can heartily also recommend Parabola from UNSW: https://www.parabola.unsw.edu.au/
The number of articles Deakin wrote or co-wrote is really quite impressive.
Yes, Function was great, and Deakin was great.
I recall Mike coming to Bendigo to give a nice talk on his book “Hypatia Of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr” – which is still in print.
“Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr”. Good addition to your school library.
Thanks very much, Terry. An earlier Function article by Deakin on Hypatia is here.
“The name of the number” by Michael Deakin. Another good addition to your school library.