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- ISBN: 9780470424766 | 0470424761
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 11/1/2009
Make mathematics fun and satisfying for everyoneMath 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