Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected

Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments An innovative and appealing way for the layperson to develop math skills while actually enjoying itMost people agree that math is important, but few would say it s fun This book will show you that the subject you learned to hate in high school can be as entertaining as a witty remark, as engrossing as the mystery novel you can t put down in short, fun As veteran math educators Posamentier and Lehmann demonstrate, when you realize that doing math can be enjoyable, you open a door into a world of unexpected insights while learning an important skillThe authors illustrate the point with many easily understandable examples One of these is what mathematicians call the Ruth Aaron pairand, named after the respective career home runs of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron These two consecutive integers contain a host of interesting features, one of which is that their prime factors when added together have the same sum The authors also explore the unusual aspects of such numbers asand , which have intriguing properties usually overlooked by standard math curriculums And to make you a better all around problem solver, a variety of problems is presented that appear simple but have surprisingly clever solutionsIf math has frustrated you over the years, this delightful approach will teach you many things you thought were beyond your reach, while conveying the key message that math can and should be anything but boring

About the Author: Alfred S. Posamentier

Alfred S Posamentier born October 18, 1942 is among the most prominent American educators in the country and is a lead commentator on American math and science education, regularly contributing to The New York Times and other news publications He has created original math and science curricula, emphasized the need for increased math and science funding, promulgated criteria by which to select math and science educators, advocated the importance of involving parents in K 12 math and science education, and provided myriad curricular solutions for teaching critical thinking in math.Dr Posamentier was a member of the New York State Education Commissioner s Blue Ribbon Panel on the Math A Regents Exams He served on the Commissioner s Mathematics Standards Committee, which redefined the Standards for New York State And he currently serves on the New York City schools Chancellor s Math Advisory Panel.Posamentier earned a Ph.D in mathematics education from Fordham University 1973 , a Master s degree in mathematics education from the City College of the City University of New York 1966 and an A.B degree in mathematics from Hunter College of the City University of New York.Posamentier was born in Manhattan in New York City, the son of Austrian immigrants He has one daughter Lisa, born in 1970 , and one son David, born in 1978 He resides in River Vale, New Jersey and is the current Dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics education at Mercy College, New York He was formerly professor of mathematics education and dean of the School of Education at The City College of the City University of New York, where he spent the previous 40 years.

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