The 10 Things all Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know: (But are Rarely Taught)

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Mathematicians and scientists have been closely tied to many famous disasters. The Challenger explosion, the failure of the Mars Explorer, and the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapse all involved thinking errors. Because science and mathematics instruction is often dominated by facts and calculation, children are rarely exposed to these important concepts. Over 50 fascinating stories that relate math and science to real events in our world. Discussion questions and problems at three levels of difficulty ...
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Overview

Mathematicians and scientists have been closely tied to many famous disasters. The Challenger explosion, the failure of the Mars Explorer, and the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapse all involved thinking errors. Because science and mathematics instruction is often dominated by facts and calculation, children are rarely exposed to these important concepts. Over 50 fascinating stories that relate math and science to real events in our world. Discussion questions and problems at three levels of difficulty are included to test student application of each concept.
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The author presents ten crucial ideas fundamental to clear thinking. They are stated simply in an introduction and then separately treated in ten chapters. Each Chapter examines instances culled from recent headlines when the rule was not applied. For example, Chapter 3 on Occam's Razor looks at Clever Hans, Cold Fusion, Big Foot, and Crop Circles. Chapters include discussion questions and problems to solve. Answers are provided. This book belongs in every math and science classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967991542
  • Publisher: Hickory Grove Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 577,207
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great way to get students thinking

    I teach talented and gifted elementary students. I'm always looking for ways to challenge them and to make them think. Zaccaro really does an excellent job with that. My students love the real life stories and the challenging math problems.

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