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.