Math Through the Ages

Author: William P. Berlinghoff
Publisher: MAA
ISBN: 9780883857366
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An informal and accessible overview of the history of mathematics.

Math through the Ages

Author: William P. Berlinghoff
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
ISBN: 9781939512123
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Where did math come from? Who thought up all those algebra symbols, and why? What is the story behind π? ... negative numbers? ... the metric system? ... quadratic equations? ... sine and cosine? ... logs? Including five new independent historical sketches, each complete with added questions and projects, this second edition answers these questions and many others in an informal, easy-going style, accessible to teachers, students and anyone who is curious about the history of mathematical ideas. The 30 short stories are preceded by a 58-page bird's-eye overview of the entire panorama of mathematical history, a whirlwind tour of the most important people, events, and trends that shaped the mathematics we know today. The 'Books You Ought to Read' section and new bibliography also ensure that up-to-date starting points are provided for readers who want to pursue a topic further.

Using History to Teach Mathematics

Author: Victor J. Katz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780883851630
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This volume examines how the history of mathematics can find application in the teaching of mathematics itself.

Learn from the Masters

Author: Frank Swetz
Publisher: MAA
ISBN: 9780883857038
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How to use history to teach mathematics; for high school and college teachers.

Journey through genius

Author: William Dunham
Publisher: Egully.com
ISBN:
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A rare combination of the historical, biographical, and mathematicalgenius, this book is a fascinating introduction to a neglected field of human creativity. Dunham places mathematical theorem, along with masterpieces of art, music, and literature and gives them the attention they deserve.

Letters to a Young Teacher

Author: Jonathan Kozol
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307393720
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The author shared personal reflections, anecdotes, wisdom, and guidance in his letters to Francesca, a first-year teacher, as he attempted to help her deal with the challenges she faced and encouraged her to do her best.

An Episodic History of Mathematics

Author: Steven G. Krantz
Publisher: MAA
ISBN: 0883857669
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An Episodic History of Mathematics will acquaint students and readers with mathematical language, thought, and mathematical life by means of historically important mathematical vignettes. It will also serve to help prospective teachers become more familiar with important ideas of in the history of mathematicsboth classical and modern.Contained within are wonderful and engaging stories and anecdotes about Pythagoras and Galois and Cantor and Poincar, which let readers indulge themselves in whimsy, gossip, and learning. The mathematicians treated here were complex individuals who led colorful and fascinating lives, and did fascinating mathematics. They remain interesting to us as people and as scientists.This history of mathematics is also an opportunity to have some fun because the focus in this text is also on the practicalgetting involved with the mathematics and solving problems. This book is unabashedly mathematical. In the course of reading this book, the neophyte will become involved with mathematics by working on the same problems that, for instance, Zeno and Pythagoras and Descartes and Fermat and Riemann worked on.This is a book to be read, therefore, with pencil and paper in hand, and a calculator or computer close by. All will want to experiment; to try things; and become a part of the mathematical process.

Strange Curves Counting Rabbits Other Mathematical Explorations

Author: Keith Ball
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400841240
Format: PDF
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How does mathematics enable us to send pictures from space back to Earth? Where does the bell-shaped curve come from? Why do you need only 23 people in a room for a 50/50 chance of two of them sharing the same birthday? In Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, and Other Mathematical Explorations, Keith Ball highlights how ideas, mostly from pure math, can answer these questions and many more. Drawing on areas of mathematics from probability theory, number theory, and geometry, he explores a wide range of concepts, some more light-hearted, others central to the development of the field and used daily by mathematicians, physicists, and engineers. Each of the book's ten chapters begins by outlining key concepts and goes on to discuss, with the minimum of technical detail, the principles that underlie them. Each includes puzzles and problems of varying difficulty. While the chapters are self-contained, they also reveal the links between seemingly unrelated topics. For example, the problem of how to design codes for satellite communication gives rise to the same idea of uncertainty as the problem of screening blood samples for disease. Accessible to anyone familiar with basic calculus, this book is a treasure trove of ideas that will entertain, amuse, and bemuse students, teachers, and math lovers of all ages.

Mathematical Apocrypha

Author: Steven G. Krantz
Publisher: MAA
ISBN: 9780883855393
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Collection of stories about famous contemporary mathematicians, with illustrations.