We want your feedback!
Click here
cover image of The Joy of Mathematics

The Joy of Mathematics

Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Class

by Alfred S. Posamentier Author · Robert Geretschläger Author

ebook

Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today
Wouldn't it be great if all school teachers (from kindergarten through high school) would share the joy of mathematics with their students, rather than focus only on the prescribed curriculum that will subsequently be tested? This book reveals some of the wonders of mathematics that are often missing from classrooms. Here's your chance to catch up with the math gems you may have missed.

Using jargon-free language and many illustrations, the authors—all veteran math educators—explore five areas—arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and the ways in which mathematics can reinforce common sense. Among other things, you'll learn "the rule of 72," which enables you to quickly determine how long it will take your bank account to double its value at a specific interest rate. Other handy techniques include an automatic algorithm for multiplying numbers mentally and a clever application that will allow you to convert from miles to kilometers (or the reverse) mentally. A delightful presentation of geometric novelties reveals relationships that could have made your study of geometry more fun and enlightening. In the area of probability there is a host of interesting examples: from the famous Monty-Hall problem to the counterintuitive probability of two people having the same birthday in a crowded room.

Finally, the authors demonstrate how math will make you a better thinker by improving your organizing abilities and providing useful and surprising solutions to common mathematics problems. You'll come away with an appreciation for math you never thought possible and a true appreciation for this "queen of the sciences."

Publication Details

Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication Date:
2017

Format

  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read 7.1 MB
  • Adobe EPUB eBook 7.1 MB

Alfred S. Posamentier (Author)

Alfred S. Posamentier has published over sixty books in the area of mathematics and mathematics education, including, most recently, The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration beyond the Line (with Robert Geretschläger). After having been on the facu...

More about Alfred S. Posamentier

Creators

Author :
Alfred S. Posamentier
Author :
Robert Geretschläger
Author :
Charles Li
Author :
Christian Spreitzer
The Joy of Mathematics
Copy and paste the code into your website.