A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form (Paperback)
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A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form (Paperback)

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"One of the best critiques of current mathematics education I have ever seen."-Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR's Morning Edition A brilliant research mathematician who has devoted his career to teaching kids reveals math to be creative and beautiful and rejects standard anxiety-producing teaching methods. Witty and accessible, Paul Lockhart's controversial approach will provoke spirited debate among educators and parents alike and it will alter the way we think about math forever. Paul Lockhart, has taught mathematics at Brown University and UC Santa Cruz. Since 2000, he has dedicated himself to K-12 level students at St. Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York.

Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
ISBN: 9781934137178
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 155 g
Dimensions: 190 x 127 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"One of the best critiques of current K-12 mathematics education I have ever seen, written by a first-class research mathematician who elected to devote his teaching career to K-12 education." -Keith Devlin, NPR's "Math Guy"

"Gorgeous. . . . Lockhart is passionate, contagiously so." -Los Angeles Times

"Searing and pointed. . . . An easy, thoughtful, and entertaining read. . . . [Lockhart's] passion makes the critique compelling." -Notices of the American Mathematical Society

"Provides a fresh way of thinking about math, and education in general, that should inspire practical applications in the classroom and at home." -Publishers Weekly

"A Mathematician's Lament is a fascinating argument that anyone interested in mathematics education should read. I promise that they will enjoy the experience, whether they agree with all that Lockhart writes or not." -Bryan Bunch, author of The Kingdom of Infinite Number: A Field Guide

"This brief and elegant celebration of mathematics is a charming rant against the way you and I learned the subject. Is painting just coloring in numbered regions? Is the sunset just a list of wavelengths and a compass setting? No more, Lockhart argues, than mathematics is just definitions and formulas. To put back play and joy in our mathematics classrooms, he shows, all we need do is restore the real mathematics." -Robert P. Crease, author of The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg

"Lockhart has written an important, and eloquent, lamentation and exultation: he laments about the state of math education today, but exults in the hope that teachers might be inspired to invite students to experience mathematics as the exciting 'poetry of ideas' that it truly is." -Barry Mazur, Gerhard Gade University Professor, Harvard University and author of Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen)

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