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This text is an unbound, binder-ready edition.

Transform your mathematics course into an engaging and mind-opening experience for even your most math-phobic students. Now in its Fourth Edition, The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking succeeds at reaching non-math, non-science-oriented majors, encouraging them to discover the mathematics inherent in the world around them. Infused with the authors’ humor and enthusiasm throughout, The Heart of Mathematics introduces students to the most important and interesting ideas in mathematics while inspiring them to actively engage 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 the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College. He graduated from Connecticut College in 1985, where he earned B.A. Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Mathematics, and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He did his postdoctoral work at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Dr. Burger has received numerous awards including:  the Award of Excellence, for "educational mathematics videos that break new ground from the Technology & Learning magazine, and the Distinguished Achievement Award, for Educational Video Technology from The Association of Educational Publishers.  He was honored as one of the "100 Best of America", Listed in Reader's Digest's Annual Special Issue as Best Math Teacher.  He also received the Residence Life Academic Teaching Award, University of Colorado at Boulder and the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award, for "The Heart of Mathematics".

Michael Starbird Michael Starbird is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin. He has received more than a dozen teaching awards including the Mathematical Association of America’s 2007 national teaching award and several university-wide teaching awards based largely on his course in mathematics for liberal arts students. Starbird brings intriguing mathematics to general audiences through his classes, lectures, books, and video courses. In 1989, Starbird was UT’s Recreational Sports Super Racquets Champion.

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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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