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Math and Science Without Tears: Overview

Teaching and learning math and science through sports, movies, comics, art, and more.

Math and Science in Popular Culture: An Overview

Mathematics in Popular Culture: Essays on Appearances in Film, Fiction, Games, Television, and Other Media. P6 M395 M38 2012

Schrempp, Gregory. Science, Bread, and Circuses: Folkloristic Essays on Science for the Masses. 2014. A good companion to his Ancient Mythology of Modern Science (2012).

Van Riper, A. Bowdoin. Science in Popular Culture: A Reference Guide. Q172.5 P65 V36 2002

App State Online

There is a wide array of library resources and services available to distance education faculty and students. See the App State Online library guide for details.

Learning about Science and Math (Almost) Painlessly

This Library Guide is intended to lead you to resources that make teaching and learning about science and math an enjoyable endeaver. They show you  how to use sports, puzzles, movies, and more to teach and learn in interesting, sometimes downright exciting ways. Click on the tabs above to find suggestions in your specific area of interest.

These materials are only representative items of many more available in the Appalachian State University Library collection. To find more titles, search the Library's Catalog for subjects such as the ones listed below. Be you student or teacher, try them out and have fun!

For a taste of the resources in this guide, check out Visionlearning, an award winning open access resource for students and teachers in the STEM disciplines. Wow!


Find More Resources by Searching the Library Catalog for These Subjects

Select the Books and Media option, then pick Subject from the drop down menu. This will retrieve books, films, web sites, and more.

mathematical recreations

time travel

sports mathematics

games in mathematics education

science in popular culture

science miscellanea

scientific recreations

physics study and teaching


Find Articles, Curriculum Guides, and More

Most of the suggested items in this guide are books or web sites. There are also many articles, curriculum guides, and other materials that show you how to teach and learn about math and science in interesting ways. Check out the guide below for some of the best sources.

Guide to Education Databases.

Examples of Recent Research

National Research Council. Committee on Science Learning. Learning Science Through Computer Games and Simulations. 2011.

Innovative Teaching Ideas

How Change Happens: Breaking the "Teach as You Were Taught" Cycle in Science and Math. Streaming video showcases innovative teaching techniques from Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts.

Brockman, John, ed. This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories that Are Blocking Progress. Q173 T54 2015. Excellent short essays on many topics that will stimulate spirited discussions.

Orzel, Chad. Eureka! Discovering Your Inner Scientist. Q162 O74 2014. A personal look by a physicist at how we can think like scientists in our everyday lives.


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