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This book offers an engaging and mind-opening experience for even the most math-phobic users. It is written for non-math, non-science-oriented majors and encourages students to discover the mathematics inherent in the world around them. Infused throughout with the authors' humor and enthusiasm, The Heart of Mathematics introduces students to the most important and interesting ideas in mathematics while inspiring them to actively engage in mathematical thinking.
Edward B. Burger is professor of mathematics in theDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College. Hegraduated from Connecticut College in 1985, where he earned B.A.Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Mathematics, and received hisPh.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He didhis postdoctoral work at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Dr.Burger has received numerous awards including: theAward of Excellence, for "educational mathematics videosthat break new ground from the Technology &Learning magazine, and the Distinguished AchievementAward, for Educational Video Technology from The Association ofEducational Publishers. He was honored as one of the "100Best of America", Listed in Reader's Digest's Annual Special Issueas Best Math Teacher. He also received the Residence LifeAcademic Teaching Award, University of Colorado at Boulder andthe Robert W. Hamilton Book Award, for "The Heart ofMathematics".
Michael Starbird Michael Starbird is a UniversityDistinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at The Universityof Texas at Austin. He has received more than a dozen teachingawards including the Mathematical Association of America’s2007 national teaching award and several university-wide teachingawards based largely on his course in mathematics for liberal artsstudents. Starbird brings intriguing mathematics to generalaudiences through his classes, lectures, books, and video courses.In 1989, Starbird was UT’s Recreational Sports Super RacquetsChampion.