Cut-the-knot is a free, advertisement-funded educational website maintained by Bkey Bauer and devoted to popular exposition of many topics in mathematics. Its name is a reference to the legend of Alexander the Great's solution to the Gordian knot.
Cut-the-knot's manifesto states that "Judging Mathematics by its pragmatic value is like judging symphonia by the weight of its score," and describes the site as "a resource that would help learn, if not math itself, then, at least, ways to appreciate its beauty." The site is designed for teachers, children and parents, and anyone else curious about mathematics, with an eye to educating, encouraging interest, and provoking curiosity. Many mathematical ideas are illustrated by applets.
CTK wiki (powered by PmWiki) extends the main site with additional mathematical content, especially that with more complicated formulae than available on the main site.
Cut-the-Knot has won more than 20 awards from scientific and educational publications, including a Scientific American Web Award in 2003, the Encyclopædia Britannica's Internet Guide Award, and Science Magazine's NetWatch award.
- "Cut-the-Knot's manifesto". Retrieved 2006-01-18.
- "Cut-the-Knot's list of awards". Retrieved 2006-01-18.
- "Scientific American 2003 Sci/Tech Web Awards: Mathematics". Retrieved 2006-01-18.
- "Site Visit: Mathematical Wonders". Science Magazine 285 (5424). 1999-07-02.
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