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The Joy Of Mathematics: Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Class by Alfred S. Posamentier at Abbey's Bookshop,

The Joy Of Mathematics: Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Class

Alfred S. Posamentier Charles Li Christian Spreitzer Robert Geretschlager



Mathematics & Sciences;


300 pages

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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 promises to help teachers and all readers do just that by revealing some wonders of mathematics often missing from classrooms. Here's your chance to catch up with the math gems you may have missed in your school years.

Using jargon-free language and many illustrations, these 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 kilometres (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 organising abilities and providing useful and surprising solutions to common mathematics problems. You'll come away with a grasp of math you never thought possible and a true appreciation for this  queen of the sciences.

By:   Alfred S. Posamentier
Contributions by:   Charles Li, Christian Spreitzer, Robert Geretschlager
Imprint:   Prometheus
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781633882973
ISBN 10:   1633882977
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   November 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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 Geretschlager). After having been on the faculty of the City College of the City University of New York for forty years, where he was a professor of mathematics education and dean of the School of Education, he subsequently held the same positions at Mercy College, New York, for five years. He is currently Chief Liaison for International Academic Affairs at Long Island University. Robert Geretschlager is a mathematics teacher at Bundesrealgymnasium Keplerstrasse in Graz, Austria. He is the coauthor of The Circle (with Alfred S. Posamentier), Geometric Origami, and other works. Charles Li is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Mercy College. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the CUNY Graduate Center, and his B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union. Christian Spreitzer teaches mathematics and physics at the University College of Teacher Education in Lower Austria.

PRAISE FOR THE WORK OF ALFRED S. POSAMENTIER: [A] joyously nerdy celebration of the history of geometry and trigonometry, exploring the dozens and dozens of curiosities sitting just beneath the surface of a seemingly ordinary triangle. --<i>Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review</i> (reviewing <i>Secrets of Triangles</i>) [Y]et another fine collection of mathematical insights, intriguing relationships, and surprising results focused on the triangle.... [A]n incredibly rich compendium of results that will lead the reader to consistently react in surprise about and appreciation of the richness and unexpected depth of triangular relationships.... [T]he illustrations are excellent. Highly Recommended. --<i>Choice</i> (reviewing <i>The Secrets of Triangles</i>) This volume could be useful to a teacher of mathematics as a source of examples that can hammer home important concepts. --<i>Library Journal</i> (reviewing <i>Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics</i>)

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