The MAST Publishing Page

This will be the place for the publication of essays, articles, reports, reviews, tutorials, review papers, research papers, and news items submitted by members.

MAST Books for Sale

MAST is now publishing books at

We have a store front at Lulu. From the link you can choose what books to purchase.

The folowing book(s) are now available:

  1. Self-Instruction and Teaching: Science Education for the New Millennium. This book is directly based on the CORE 1 course, Self-Study. This book is available as a PDF download, paperback, or hardcover.

The following criteria must be met in order to submit material:

  1. The submission must be electronic or on floppy disks formatted for Windows.
  2. All submissions must go through an editing process.
  3. News items must have links or other substantive evidence of their source.
  4. It is to be understood that an essay constitutes the personal views of the author, and that neither MAST nor its members necessarily agree with its content.
  5. Articles are understood to be factual writing intended to inform a general audience about specific facts. The sources of the facts for the article must be included in footnotes, or in a bibliography located at the end of the article.
  6. Reports are understood to be short factual accounts of experiments, derivations, or observations. They should convey what was done, how, and why. They should have enough detail so that someone else could reproduce the results under similar circumstances.
  7. Reviews are understood to be a critical analysis of scientific or technical presentation; whether in the form of a book, a tape, a CD, software, etc.
  8. Tutorials are understood to be a step-by-step guide to performing some task.
  9. Review papers are a snapshot of the current state of research in a given subject.
  10. Research papers are a presentation of the work of the author.
  11. All papers must conform to professional standards of layout and quality. They must begin with a title; the name(s) of all authors and the email address of the lead author; an abstract of no more than 500 words; an introduction describing the historical significance, background knowledge, and the structure of the paper; a section for each significant step in your work; what conclusions you reached as a result of your work; a bibliography of all references used; and then any appendices you feel are necessary to the work that would detract from the main theme of the paper.

Here are the listings of available items:

The Mind of a Theorist column.

The Mathematics Corner column.

Di's Curious Eye column.

Essay on the role of amateur scientists.

Di's feature on Power Point basics.

George's write-up of the 23 June tornado in Madison.

Di's write-up of the same tornado.

George's piece on setting up a home laboratory.

George's feature on how to keep a scientific notebook. (pdf)

George's feature on understanding equations.

George's feature on dimensional analysis.

Jim's article on measurement.

Jim's second article on measurement.

Rocky's short-run column on Java programming.

Mathematica tutorial. (Not yet available)

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