Tom O'Brien and his projects

During the event, Tom O'Brien will talk about his new and past projects, upcoming books and software. Join the event to experience Tom's inimitable style in person, ask questions and share ideas!


Full recording: voice, text chat, web tour


All Math 2.0 events are free and open to the public. Information about all events in the series is here:

Saturday, November 6th 2010 we will meet in the LearnCentral public Elluminate room at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern time. WorldClock for your time zone.


To join:
  • Follow this link:
  • Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the "Login" button
  • You will find yourself in a virtual room. An organizer will be there to greet you, starting about half an hour before the event.
If this is your first Elluminate event, consider coming a few minutes earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.

About Math Place


Math Place is a growing hub of math materials created by Tom O'Brian and like-minded people.

Math Place makes available materials for learners aged 4 to adult. Some of the eBooks are classics. At the outset Math Place is tiny. The plan is to start small and add materials at frequent intervals.

Learning is seen as an active process involving problem solving, not the result of brute memorization followed by endless testing. The choice of materials for Math Place is influenced by the great psychologist Jean Piaget and the mathematician George Polya.

Piaget: Education is provoked adaptation.
Polya: Mathematics is not a spectator sport.

Event Host

Tom O’Brien, who started Math Place because of concern about the small amount of challenging math materials available to teachers and parents these days, has been teaching math and conducting research on children’s thinking for more than 50 years. He has written several hundred articles on thinking (from pre-school through law school and medical school students) and he has published eBooks in the USA, UK, Brasil, Germany, Netherlands, and Australia (see

He is the developer of prizewinning software: Safari Search, Teasers by Tobbs, Tobbs Learns Algebra, King's Rule, Puzzle Tanks, The Royal Rules, Blockers and Finders, Blockers and Finders II, Creature Cube and others

He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships and he is a former North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Senior Research Fellow in Science.

Here is a part of Tom's book for the youngest mathematicians.

Mollybook-selections Tom O'Brien Math Place