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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,498 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 transcend mathematics; a window into mind-opening philosophical concepts such as infinity, fourth dimensions, chaos, and fractals; and a practical training ground for developing skills in analysis, reasoning, and thought—if you have the right approach and the right guide.

The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking­—now in its third edition—transforms mathematics into an engaging, relevant experience even for the most math-phobic student. Infusing this book with humor and enthusiasm, Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird—both recipients of the Mathematical Association of America’s foremost national teaching award and countless state, regional, and campus-wide teaching honors—introduce students to the most important and interesting ideas in mathematics while inspiring them to actively engage in mathematical thinking.

Richer and more rewarding than ever, this new edition features:

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

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

About 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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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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Every time I need a book you guys come through at the price I need. This is why I always check you first to see what is up
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