History of the VMI

The VMI was created in 1975 to administer grants from the State of California and the NSF. The "Visual Math Project" was created at UCSC, for the development of computer-graphic based materials for teaching university math: precalculus, calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations.

In 1982, when the last grant ran out and the UCSC administration decided not to institutionalize the project, we went overground, as Aerial Press.

Within a few years, we established a graduate program within the UCSC Math Department, called the Computational Math Program. This also was discouraged and eventually abandoned by the UCSC administration.

Since 1990, the VMI has been supported by small grants from individuals, to continue the creation of new materials relating to chaos theory, and its applications in the sciences and arts.

Ralph Abraham

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