Rediscovering Mathematics: You Do the Math

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Rediscovering Mathematics is aimed at a general audience and addresses the question of how best to teach and study mathematics.  The book attempts to bring the exciting and dynamic world of mathematics to a non-technical audience.  With so much focus today on how best to educate the new generation and make mathematics less rote and more interactive, this book is an eye-opening experience for many people who suffered with dull math teachers and curricula.

Rediscovering Mathematics is an eclectic collection of mathematical topics and puzzles aimed at talented youngsters and inquisitive adults who want to expand their view of mathematics. By focusing on problem solving, and discouraging rote memorization, the book shows how to learn and teach mathematics through investigation, experimentation, and discovery. Rediscovering Mathematics is also an excellent text for training math teachers at all levels.

Topics range in difficulty and cover a wide range of historical periods, with some examples demonstrating how to uncover mathematics in everyday life, including:

  • number theory and its application to secure communication over the Internet,
  • the algebraic and combinatorial work of a medieval mathematician Rabbi,
  • and applications of probability to sports, casinos, and gambling.
Rediscovering Mathematics provides a fresh view of mathematics for those who already like the subject, and offers a second chance for those who think they don't.

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Rediscovering Mathematics is both an eclectic collection of mathematical topics and puzzles, and a guide to effective mathematical education. It is suitable for students and interested adults who want to expand their view of mathematics, and can be used as a text for training maths teachers at all levels.

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Shai Simonson is a professor of computer science at Stonehill College. Simonson was born in Buffalo, grew up in New York City, spent ten years in Chicago, and now makes his home in the Boston area. Simonson is passionate about teaching mathematics in an active, experiential and dynamic fashion.

Simonson earned his B.A. in mathematics at Columbia University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at Northwestern University. He is a member of the MAA and the ACM. He spent two years (1983 and 1999) teaching and doing research in Israel. Simonson has taught mathematics and computer science courses for almost 30 years at a number of colleges and universities including University of Illinois, Northwestern Univeristy, Tel Aviv University, ArsDigita University, and Stonehill College. He also taught at the middle and high school levels in New York, Chicago, and Boston.

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