Book of Proof: A Very Good Introductory Book to Mathematical Proofs

Two weeks ago, I finished reading Book of Proof  (link goes to Amazon) by Professor Richard Hammack, and so far, it was the best book that I have read about introduction to mathematical proofs. I recommend this book to high school students who are interested in pursuing a mathematics degree, to college students who are math majors, and to teachers who will teach or who are teaching an introductory course on mathematical proofs. Here are some of the reasons why I really like this book.

Clear Explanations

The explanations of concepts in this book are very clear and the concepts are well-connected. Maybe this is because the author’s long experience in teaching this course (or maybe he is just a very good teacher). This book is a product of the author’s lecture notes on teaching mathematical proofs for the past 14 years.  Continue reading…

 

Free Peer-Reviewed Math Ebooks from OpenStax

If you are looking for free math resources, I found a website that offers peer-reviewed math ebooks for college and AP Courses. This website is OpenStax which is based in Rice University and supported by several foundations. Below are the links to the math ebooks.

Aside from the math ebooks on Science, Social Science, Humanities, and AP Courses are available on the website.

For more free resources, you can visit Math and Multimedia’s All for Free page.

 

7 Must-See Mathematics Movies Inspired by True Events

I have watched many movies about mathematics, mathematicians, and about mathematics teachers, but I particularly like the seven below because they were inspired by true events. Although many of them diverge from actual events, I still find them more realistic compared to other movies of the same genre. For those who have not watched these movies, don’t worry as there are no spoilers in the descriptions.

1.) Stand and Deliver (1988)

Main Cast: Edward James Olmos

Stand and Deliver tells a story of high school teacher Jaime Escalante who inspired his troublesome and dropout prone students in Garfield High School to learn calculus. Many of his students pass the AP Calculus exam only to be accused by the testing board of cheating.

2.) A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Main Cast: Russell Crowe

A Beautiful Mind is a biographical film based on the life of mathematician John Forbes Nash. It centers in his struggle against paranoid schizophrenia and his relationship with his wife.  Continue reading…

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