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The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking Hardcover – November 10, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470424766 ISBN-10: 0470424761 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 948 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470424761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470424766
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Make mathematics fun and satisfying for everyone

Math can be a living source of powerful ideas that transcendmathematics; a window into mind-opening philosophical concepts suchas infinity, fourth dimensions, chaos, and fractals; and apractical training ground for developing skills in analysis,reasoning, and thought—if you have the right approach and theright guide.

The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to EffectiveThinking­—now in its third edition—transformsmathematics into an engaging, relevant experience even for the mostmath-phobic student. Infusing this book with humor and enthusiasm,Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird—both recipients of theMathematical Association of America’s foremost nationalteaching award and countless state, regional, and campus-wideteaching honors—introduce students to the most important andinteresting ideas in mathematics while inspiring them to activelyengage in mathematical thinking.

Richer and more rewarding than ever, this new editionfeatures:

  • An emphasis on mathematical methods of investigation
  • Visualization techniques that make key concepts easier tounderstand
  • Accessible, friendly writing style that encourages criticalthinking
  • "Life Lessons"-effective methods of thinking that students willretain and apply beyond the classroom

End of section Mindscape activities for the developmentof application, problem-solving, and argumentation skills

About 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Fankhanel on May 12, 2014
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I first thought I had gotten this as a rental text but found out it is mine so if I ever need to understand this particular type of mathematics will come in handy or can loan to a fellow student if needed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on March 1, 2011
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The book gives fun, interesting, and relevant problems perfect for non-math students. There are practical applications to the concepts taught in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Lohr on June 11, 2014
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This is getting ridiculous. When I added this book to my wish list, the price was around ~130. The current price is 200.85. This is what people who don't understand math pay. I presume there is some stupid price algorithm at work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bukky Olugbemi on February 6, 2013
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Very detailed and specific, I think my professor is a big part of why I like this book a lot but the book it's self is very specific and explains things in two forms, mathematical and english.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie on October 3, 2011
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This book is a fantastic book. I have not yet gotten through all of it, but it captured my attention immediately. Burger and Starbird, have done a fantastic job, making harder mathematical concepts approchable, and fun. I look forward to reading the whole thing soon. ^_^
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By Xinle Zhang on May 2, 2014
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This book is easy to read. It makes hard and abstract concepts easy to understand. I enjoy reading this book. Highly recommended.
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By Stephanie on October 21, 2013
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It is just what i wanted and needed. So glad i found it here. I absolutely recommend it to any one who wants something like this.
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