The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking

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Overview

This text is an unbound, binder-ready edition.

Transform your mathematics course into an engaging and mind-openingexperience for even your most math-phobic students. Now in itsFourth Edition, The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation toEffective Thinking succeeds at reaching non-math,non-science-oriented majors, encouraging them to discover themathematics inherent in the world around them. Infused with theauthors’ humor and enthusiasm throughout, The Heart ofMathematics introduces students to the most important andinteresting ideas in mathematics while inspiring them to activelyengage in mathematical thinking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559534079
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 646
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fun and Games: An Introduction to Rigorous Thought

Chapter 2: Number Contemplation

Chapter 3: Infinity

Chapter 4: Geometric Gems

Chapter 5: Contortions of Space

Chapter 6: Modeling Our World Through Graphs

Chapter 7: Fractals and Chaos

Chapter 8: Taming Uncertainty

Chapter 9: Meaning from Data

Chapter 10: Deciding Wisely

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