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New Mathematics books at Waggoner Library
The last lecture / Randy Pausch, Professor, Carnegie Mellon with Jeffrey Zaslow.
cover imageThe author, a computer science professor diagnosed with terminal cancer, explores his life, the lessons that he has learned, how he has worked to achieve his childhood dreams, and the effect of his diagnosis on him and his family.
Big data : a revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think / Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.
cover imageExplores the idea of big data, which refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly, and draw profound and surprising conclusions from it.
The king of infinite space : Euclid and his Elements / David Berlinski.
cover imageGeometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. Euclid's Elements is arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics. Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements, and shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers have relied on Euclid's axiomatic system, a method of proof still taught in classrooms around the world.
The development of arithmetic concepts and skills : constructing adaptive expertise / edited by Arthur J. Baroody and Ann Dowker.
cover imageThis volume focuses on two related questions that are central to both the psychology of mathematical thinking and learning and to the improvement of mathematics education: what is the nature of arithmetic expertise? and how can instruction best promote it? Contributors from a variety of specialities, including cognitive, developmental, educational and neurological psychology; mathematics education; and special education, offer theoretical perspectives amd empirical evidence about these issues. As reported in this volume, both theory and research indicate that the nature of arithmetic expertise and how best to promote it are are far more complex than conventional wisdom and many scholars, past and present, have suggested.
Mathematical amazements and surprises : fascinating figures and noteworthy numbers / Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann ; afterword by Herbert A. Hauptman.
cover imageThis book will take you through a plethora of amazing and surprising examples of mathematical phenomena, each of which will contribute to your accepting our premise that there is real beauty--both visual and intellectual--in mathematics to be savored.
Thinking in systems : a primer / Donella H. Meadows ; edited by Diana Wright.
cover image"Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life."--Jacket.
Uncovering student thinking in mathematics, grades 6-12 : 30 formative assessment probes for the secondary classroom / Cheryl M. Rose, Carolyn B. Arline ; foreword by Johnny W. Lott.
cover imageThe authors provide 30 formative assessment probes -- brief, easily administered activities targeting specific mathematics ideas -- to reveal common understandings and misunderstandings in student thinking. Field-tested with teachers and students at various grade levels, these powerful diagnostic tools help teachers modify their teaching and identify areas that require more instruction. --from publisher description
The golden ratio : the story of phi, the world's most astonishing number / Mario Livio.
cover image"The Golden Ratio is a captivating journey through art and architecture, botany and biology, physics and mathematics. It tells the human story of numerous phi-fixated individuals, including the followers of Pythagoras who believed that this proportion revealed the hand of God; astronomer Johannes Kepler, who saw phi as the greatest treasure of geometry; such Renaissance thinkers as mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa; and such masters of the modern world as Goethe, Cezanne, Bartok, and physicist Roger Penrose. Wherever his quest for the meaning of phi takes him, Mario Livio reveals the world as a place where order, beauty, and eternal mystery will always coexist."--Goggle Books.
Numerical methods for engineers and scientists : an introduction with applications using MATLAB / Amos Gilat, Vish Subramaniam.
cover image"Mastering numerical methods has never been easier with Gilat/Subramaniam's Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists: An Introduction Using MATLAB, Second Edition. Uniquely accessible and concise, this book takes an innovative approach that integrates the study of numerical methods with hands-on programming practice using the popular MATLAB environment to solve realistic problems in engineering and science."--BOOK JACKET.
Strategies for teaching fractions : using error analysis for intervention and assessment / David B. Spangler.
cover image"Analyzing student work for error patterns (such as on a diagnostic test) and then providing timely, specific, and meaningful intervention will decrease the probability that the errors will be repeated in the future. Taking into account academic research on how students learn, Spangler provides a practical intervention model and specific hands-on materials for teachers to use when working with the many students who struggle with fractions. The step-by-step intervention strategies illustrated in this book will result in improved student performance and improved student dispositions towards mathematics. It will contain the following elements: reproducibles for fully functional diagnostic tests practice pages for exercises keyed to the diagnostic tests and error patterns, and pages to practice alternative algorithms and estimation teacher resources for hands-on activities, game sheets and pieces, and more"--Provided by publisher.
How the brain learns mathematics / David A. Sousa.
cover imageHighly respected author and researcher David A. Sousa explains the latest neuroscientific findings in practical, understandable terms and discusses the impact this information has for teaching mathematics at all grade levels. This book covers the cognitive mechanisms for learning mathematics, the environmental and developmental factors that contribute to mathematics difficulties, and ways to differientiate mathematics instruction. -- BACK COVER
Proofiness : the dark arts of mathematical deception / Charles Seife.
cover imageThe bestselling author of "Zero" shows how mathematical misinformation pervades-- and shapes-- our daily lives
Practical problems in Mathematics for Information Technology / by Todd Verge.
cover imageCreate a new approach to explaining the math and logic fundamentals required in the information technology industry. Present real-world examples, problems, and exercises that are taken directly from the industry. Help build a solid foundation in the mathematical skills that are used in a number of areas, such as networking, systems administration, programming, database management, web programming, and computer repair.
The mathematical mechanic : using physical reasoning to solve problems / Mark Levi.
cover imageIn this delightful book, Levi turns math and physics upside down, revealing how physics can simplify proofs and lead to quicker solutions and new theorems, and how physical solutions can illustrate why results are true in ways lengthy mathematical calculations never can.
The big switch : rewiring the world, from Edison to Google / Nicholas Carr.
cover imageA hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it's computing that's turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. Here, business journalist Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changing--and what it means for all of us.--From publisher description.