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Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape Hardcover – August 2, 2012
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“Hot X: Algebra Exposed is a must-have for any teen or tween girl who feels nervous about Algebra class." -Washington Post
“Danica McKellar is a great teacher! She's warm and funny, and best of all, she explains algebra so clearly. My wife and I immediately ordered her books [for] our daughters.”—Steven Strogatz, New York Times columnist and professor of mathematics, Cornell University
“In my 20+ years as a math teacher, rarely have I seen a book that makes mathematics so clear and fun! I highly recommend Danica McKellar's new book, Hot X: Algebra Exposed for perplexed students and puzzled algebra teachers looking for a way to engage today's students with fresh, entertaining lesson plans.”— Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
About the Author
DANICA McKELLAR, famous for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. Her groundbreaking books have been recognized in Newsweek and USA Today, as well as on Good Morning America, the Today show, and NPR's Science Friday, and even as ABC World News Tonight's “Person of the Week” feature. Visit www.danicamckellar.com
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Though Ms. McKellar's EXCELLENT efforts are primarily aimed at the female grade/high school population, there's no reason that adults and males can't also take advantage of her elaborate and pleasantly witty instructions, and this is true with all her books so far. Ms. McKellar's work causes anyone to wonder how they ever learned (any type of) Math from any dry, formalized, didactic school textbook. They constitute a virtually COMPLETE academic Math course together, in themselves, sprinkled with humor as an incentive not found in conventional texts (example: "Congruence symbol resembles a funny mustache"). I would've also given the others 5 Amazon Starz if I had written separate reviews, but it's all been said by her grateful readership.
Several people at my University (students and faculty alike) have mentioned benefiting from her various lessons. This opus on Geometry's Lines, Angles, and Rhymes takes her and us beyond the Algebraic stage and closer to, as at least one other viewer has mentioned, making sense out of Trig and (shiver) Calculus. Maybe now in the future she could even also venture into the organic ozone of Computer Math and Number Theory, Combinatorics and Probability, or even Recreational Math, sweetened with her trademark humor and social advice. If anyone (besides Dr. Math or various RecMath website contributors) could, she certainly would, but of course one thing at a time.
Ms. McKellar is to Math instruction as Led Zeppelin is to Rock.
She is successful at making math understandable ... and fun. Male readers and those of us who have long since put our high school years behind us can learn / re-learn much forgotten math in these volumes. (Keep in mind: McKellar's illustrative stories are geared toward females in grades 5 through 12). The website for each book provides fully worked-out solutions to all the practice problems contained in the main text.
It is also very admirable that Ms. McKellar provides pep-talks in each book to encourage and empower young women to overcome their math anxiety and to never "dumb-down" in order to perpetuate the damaging myth that popular, poised and attractive female students don't "do" math.
Hopefully she will write additional volumes in the future covering the basics of Trigonometry, Pre-Calc and Calculus!