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Computational Diversions: Turtle Really and Truly Escapes the Plane

Computational Diversions: Turtle Really and Truly Escapes the Plane Int J Comput Math Learning (2010) 15:73–79 DOI 10.1007/s10758-010-9161-y COMPUTATIO NAL D I V ERSION S Computational Diversions: Turtle Really and Truly Escapes the Plane Michael Eisenberg Published online: 27 April 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010 ‘‘But how do I get there?’’ asked Boots. ‘‘That’s easy,’’ the old man replied. ‘‘Just put one foot before the other and follow your nose.’’ – Fairy tale [Quoted in (Abelson and diSessa 1980), p. 201]. Just about anyone, when asked, can respond to the question ‘‘What is your all-time favorite book?’’ I’m no exception–in fact, for me, there’s no contest. The book is Turtle Geometry, by Hal Abelson and Andy diSessa (Abelson and diSessa 1980). Actually, Turtle Geometry is more than just a ‘‘favorite’’ book: it actually changed my life, a story I’ve never written about. In 1980, while working as a fledgling computer programmer at the Rockefeller University (my machine there was a DEC PDP-8), I happened into the University Library and plucked the book from the ‘‘new arrivals’’ shelf, intrigued by the mysterious title. A month later, I was certifiably insane, telling everyone who would listen that there was this really, really important book that you just had to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Technology, Knowledge and Learning" Springer Journals

Computational Diversions: Turtle Really and Truly Escapes the Plane

"Technology, Knowledge and Learning" , Volume 15 (1) – Apr 27, 2010

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Education; Learning and Instruction; Mathematics Education; Educational Technology; Science Education; Creativity and Arts Education
ISSN
2211-1662
eISSN
1573-1766
DOI
10.1007/s10758-010-9161-y
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Int J Comput Math Learning (2010) 15:73–79 DOI 10.1007/s10758-010-9161-y COMPUTATIO NAL D I V ERSION S Computational Diversions: Turtle Really and Truly Escapes the Plane Michael Eisenberg Published online: 27 April 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010 ‘‘But how do I get there?’’ asked Boots. ‘‘That’s easy,’’ the old man replied. ‘‘Just put one foot before the other and follow your nose.’’ – Fairy tale [Quoted in (Abelson and diSessa 1980), p. 201]. Just about anyone, when asked, can respond to the question ‘‘What is your all-time favorite book?’’ I’m no exception–in fact, for me, there’s no contest. The book is Turtle Geometry, by Hal Abelson and Andy diSessa (Abelson and diSessa 1980). Actually, Turtle Geometry is more than just a ‘‘favorite’’ book: it actually changed my life, a story I’ve never written about. In 1980, while working as a fledgling computer programmer at the Rockefeller University (my machine there was a DEC PDP-8), I happened into the University Library and plucked the book from the ‘‘new arrivals’’ shelf, intrigued by the mysterious title. A month later, I was certifiably insane, telling everyone who would listen that there was this really, really important book that you just had to

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"Technology, Knowledge and Learning"Springer Journals

Published: Apr 27, 2010

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