An Introduction to Braille Mathematics – 3


>>Susan Osterhaus: And
then, let’s say that you love that book but you want some more
examples, then you might want to go to this yellow book which
is called “An Introduction to Braille Mathematics.” Now, I’m going to tell you that
this particular book is actually for trans — transcribers who
are planning to be certified in transcribing in
the Nemeth Code. So this is the particular book that they would —
would need to use. And this one just doesn’t happen
to be in a three-ring binder. It happens to be yellow, but
I’ve had copies in beige, in gray, so unfortunately, I can’t say this is
always the yellow book. But if you look inside –>>Cameraman: Okay. Just a second. Okay. So if you look inside –>>Susan Osterhaus: All right. So if we look inside, we see
that the official title is “An introduction to Braille
Mathematics,” but it’s by Helen Roberts, Bernard
Krebbs, and Barbara Taffet. And again, it says right
here that it’s based on the Nemeth Braille
Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, 1972. In other words, it’s
based on the green book and it also is available from
the American Printing House for the Blind in both print and
Braille on Federal Quota money, and I’m thinking the last
time I saw this in Braille that it was only four volumes
but they were a lot thicker than the five volumes
of the green book. Okay. Now, what I want to just
show you again real quickly is, if you’re looking at, you’re
probably thinking, well, that looks exactly
like the green book. And it does. It corresponds very
much with that. So if if references something in
the green book, you’ll be able to find it; however,
what’s different in this particular book are
pages like this that say, for instance, “Homework,”
“Exercise 2.” And it says, “Prepare
the following homework for submission to your teacher. Proofread carefully.” This means teacher — not your
— your classroom teacher — this means the teacher who is
checking your work and is going to eventually prepare
for you certification to be a transcriber
of the Nemeth Code. But what you’re going notice is that there are just
homework problems, exercises; there are no answers either
here or in the back of the book. In fact, all you’re going to
get in the back of the book is that strange looking index again
and it’s — it’s — I’m not — I won’t cut in close
and personal again, but just to let you know, if you look up exponents,
it won’t be there. You’ve got to look
up superscript or subscripts for that part. Okay. Now, I do want
to point out, though, what’s kind of different
about this book. It does have — it does
show you some tables, but it also shows you
some tactile graphics that might be interesting
for you to be able to have that to look at. So it’s got — gives you
some charts, and, again, it gives you some
figures and so forth. So again, a very valuable book in my opinion mostly
for more examples. And I get frustrated
every now and then because the exercises actually
don’t have the answers, but that’s because
this is supposed to be for the transcribers
that are studying and they’re not supposed
to have the answers. They’re supposed to be graded
and then they can go on and become a certified
transcriber.