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<p><strong>The Lebesgue Integral for Undergraduates</strong> presents the Lebesgue integral at an accessible undergraduate level with surprisingly minimal prerequisites. Anyone who has mastered single-variable calculus concepts of limits, derivatives, and series can learn the material. The key to this success is the text’s use of a method labeled the “Daniell-Riesz approach.” The treatment is self-contained, and so the associated course, often offered as <em>Real Analysis II,</em> no longer needs <em>Real Analysis I</em> as a prerequisite. Additional curricular options then exist. Academic institutions can now offer a course on the integral (and function spaces) along with <em>Complex Analysis</em> and <em>Real Analysis I,</em> where completion of any one course enhances the other two. Students can enroll immediately after <em>Calculus II,</em> after a first course in mathematical proofs, or as a required course in function theory. Along with <em>Vector Calculus</em> and <em>Probability Theory,</em> this set of courses now provides a comprehensive undergraduate investigation into functions.</p>
<p>The benefits are powerful. The reader now has a gateway into the modern mathematics of functions. At a very early stage, undergraduates now have the required background for collaborative research in function theory. Large numbers of students now have significantly improved access to journal articles in analysis. The book’s topics include: the definition and properties of the Lebesgue integral; Banach and Hilbert spaces; integration with respect to Borel measures, along with their associated <em>L</em><sup>2</sup>(μ) spaces; bounded linear operators; and the spectral theorem. The text also describes several applications of the theory, such as Fourier series, quantum mechanics, and probability.</p>
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<p>296 pages</p>
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<p><strong>Geometry Illuminated</strong> is an introduction to geometry in the plane, both Euclidean and hyperbolic. It is designed to be used in an undergraduate course on geometry, and as such, its target audience is undergraduate math majors. However, much of it should be readable by anyone who is comfortable with the language of mathematical proof. Throughout, the goal is to develop the material patiently. One of the more appealing aspects of geometry is that it is a very "visual" subject. This book hopes to takes full advantage of that, with an extensive use of illustrations as guides.</p>
<p><strong>Geometry Illuminated</strong> is divided into four principal parts. Part 1 develops neutral geometry in the style of Hilbert, including a discussion of the construction of measure in that system, ultimately building up to the Saccheri-Legendre Theorem. Part 2 provides a glimpse of classical Euclidean geometry, with an emphasis on concurrence results, such as the nine-point circle. Part 3 studies transformations of the Euclidean plane, beginning with isometries and ending with inversion, with applications and a discussion of area in between. Part 4 is dedicated to the development of the Poincaré disk model, and the study of geometry within that model.</p>
<p>While this material is traditional, <strong>Geometry Illuminated</strong> does bring together topics that are generally not found in a book at this level. Most notably, it explicitly computes parametric equations for the pseudosphere and its geodesics. It focuses less on the nature of axiomatic systems for geometry, but emphasizes rather the logical development of geometry within such a system. It also includes sections dealing with trilinear and barycentric coordinates, theorems that can be proved using inversion, and Euclidean and hyperbolic tilings.</p>
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<p>560 pages</p>
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<p><em>Teachers and schools can benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty</em>.</p>
<p>For over six decades dedicated and clever folk at the MAA have been creating and collating marvelous, stand-alone mathematical tidbits and sharing them with the world of students and teachers through mathematics competitions. Each question serves as a portal for deep mathematical mulling and exploration. Each is an invitation to revel in the mathematical experience.</p>
<p>By bringing together all the questions that link to one topic a coherent mathematical landscape, ripe for a guided journey of study, emerges. The goal of this series is to showcase these landscapes that lie within the MAA’s competition resources and to invite students, teachers, and all life-long learners to engage in the mathematical explorations they invite. Learners will not only deepen their understanding of curriculum topics, but also gain the confidence to play with ideas and work to become agile intellectual thinkers.</p>
<p>The MAA competition resources provide mathematics thinkers, teachers, and doers:</p>
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<p><strong>Trigonometry: A Clever Study Guide</strong>:</p>
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<p>Electronic ISBN: 9781614444060</p>
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<p><em>Thinking Geometrically: A Survey of Geometries</em> is a well written and comprehensive survey of college geometry that would serve a wide variety of courses for both mathematics majors and mathematics education majors. Great care and attention is spent on developing visual insights and geometric intuition while stressing the logical structure, historical development, and deep interconnectedness of the ideas.</p>
<p>Students with less mathematical preparation than upper-division mathematics majors can successfully study the topics needed for the preparation of high school teachers. There is a multitude of exercises and projects in those chapters developing all aspects of geometric thinking for these students as well as for more advanced students. These chapters include Euclidean Geometry, Axiomatic Systems and Models, Analytic Geometry, Transformational Geometry, and Symmetry. Topics in the other chapters, including Non-Euclidean Geometry, Projective Geometry, Finite Geometry, Differential Geometry, and Discrete Geometry, provide a broader view of geometry. The different chapters are as independent as possible, while the text still manages to highlight the many connections between topics.</p>
<p>The text is self-contained, including appendices with the material in Euclid’s first book and a high school axiomatic system as well as Hilbert’s axioms. Appendices give brief summaries of the parts of linear algebra and multivariable calculus needed for certain chapters. While some chapters use the language of groups, no prior experience with abstract algebra is presumed. The text will support an approach emphasizing dynamical geometry software without being tied to any particular software.</p>
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<p>586 pages</p>
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<p>Solid geometry is the traditional name for what we call today the geometry of three-dimensional Euclidean space. Courses in solid geometry have largely disappeared from American high schools and colleges. The authors are convinced that a mathematical exploration of three-dimensional geometry merits some attention in today’s curriculum. <strong>A Mathematical Space Odyssey: Solid Geometry in the 21st Century</strong> is devoted to presenting techniques for proving a variety of mathematical results in three-dimensional space, techniques that may improve one’s ability to think visually.</p>
<p>Special attention is given to the classical icons of solid geometry (prisms, pyramids, platonic solids, cones, cylinders, and spheres) and many new and classical results: Cavalieri’s principle, Commandino’s theorem, de Gua’s theorem, Prince Rupert’s cube, the Menger sponge, the Schwarz lantern, Euler’s rotation theorem, the Loomis-Whitney inequality, Pythagorean theorems in three dimensions, etc. The authors devote a chapter to each of the following basic techniques for exploring space and proving theorems: enumeration, representation, dissection, plane sections, intersection, iteration, motion, projection, and folding and unfolding. In addition to many figures illustrating theorems and their proofs, a selection of photographs of three-dimensional works of art and architecture are included. Each chapter includes a selection of Challenges for the reader to explore further properties and applications. <strong>A Mathematical Space Odyssey</strong> concludes with solutions to all the Challenges in the book, references, and a complete index.</p>
<p>Readers should be familiar with high school algebra, plane and analytic geometry, and trigonometry. While brief appearances of calculus do occur, no knowledge of calculus is necessary to enjoy this book.</p>
<p>The authors hope that both secondary school and college and university teachers will use portions of it as an introduction to solid geometry, as a supplement in problem solving sessions, as enrichment material in a course on proofs and mathematical reasoning, or in a mathematics course for liberal arts students.</p>
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<p><em>An Invitation to Real Analysis</em> is written both as a stepping stone to higher calculus and analysis courses, and as foundation for deeper reasoning in applied mathematics. This book also provides a broader foundation in real analysis than is typical for future teachers of secondary mathematics. In connection with this, within the chapters, students are pointed to numerous articles from<em> The College Mathematics Journal</em> and <em>The American Mathematical Monthly</em>. These articles are inviting in their level of exposition and their wide-ranging content.</p>
<p>Axioms are presented with an emphasis on the distinguishing characteristics that new ones bring, culminating with the axioms that define the reals. Set theory is another theme found in this book, beginning with what students are familiar with from basic calculus. This theme runs underneath the rigorous development of functions, sequences, and series, and then ends with a chapter on transfinite cardinal numbers and with chapters on basic point-set topology.</p>
<p>Differentiation and integration are developed with the standard level of rigor, but always with the goal of forming a firm foundation for the student who desires to pursue deeper study. A historical theme interweaves throughout the book, with many quotes and accounts of interest to all readers.</p>
<p>Over 600 exercises and dozens of figures help the learning process. Several topics (continued fractions, for example), are included in the appendices as enrichment material. An annotated bibliography is included.</p>
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<p style="margin-left:20px">To the Student<br />
To the Instructor<br />
0. Paradoxes?<br />
1. Logical Foundations<br />
2. Proof, and the Natural Numbers<br />
3. The Integers, and the Ordered Field of Rational Numbers<br />
4. Induction and Well-Ordering<br />
5. Sets<br />
6. Functions<br />
7. Inverse Functions<br />
8. Some Subsets of the Real Numbers<br />
9. The Rational Numbers are Denumerable<br />
10. The Uncountability of the Real Numbers<br />
11. The Infinite<br />
12. The Complete, Ordered Field of Real Numbers<br />
13. Further Properties of Real Numbers<br />
14. Cluster Points and Related Concepts<br />
15. The Triangle Inequality<br />
16. Infinite Sequences<br />
17. Limit of Sequences<br />
18. Divergence: The Non-Existence of a Limit<br />
19. Four Great Theorems in Real Analysis<br />
20. Limit Theorems for Sequences<br />
21. Cauchy Sequences and the Cauchy Convergence Criterion<br />
22. The Limit Superior and Limit Inferior of a Sequence<br />
23. Limits of Functions<br />
24. Continuity and Discontinuity<br />
25. The Sequential Criterion for Continuity<br />
26. Theorems about Continuous Functions<br />
27. Uniform Continuity<br />
28. Infinite Series of Constants<br />
29. Series with Positive Terms<br />
30. Further Tests for Series with Positive Terms<br />
31. Series with Negative Terms<br />
32. Rearrangements of Series<br />
33. Products of Series<br />
34. The Numbers $$e$$ and $$γ$$<br />
35. The Functions exp $$x$$ and ln $$x$$<br />
36. The Derivative<br />
37. Theorems for Derivatives<br />
38. Other Derivatives<br />
39. The Mean Value Theorem<br />
40. Taylor’s Theorem<br />
41. Infinite Sequences of Functions<br />
42. Infinite Series of Functions<br />
43. Power Series<br />
44. Operations with Power Series<br />
45. Taylor Series<br />
46. Taylor Series, Part II<br />
47. The Riemann Integral<br />
48. The Riemann Integral, Part II<br />
49. The Fundamental Theorem of Integral Calculus<br />
50. Improper Integrals<br />
51. The Cauchy-Schwarz and Minkowski Inequalities<br />
52. Metric Spaces<br />
53. Functions and Limits in Metric Spaces<br />
54. Some Topology of the Real Number Line<br />
55. The Cantor Ternary Set<br />
Appendix A: Farey Sequences<br />
Appendix B: Proving that $$\sum_{k=0}^{n} < (1 + \frac{1}{n})^{n+1}$$<br />
Appendix C: The Ruler Function is Riemann Integrable<br />
Appendix D: Continued Fractions<br />
Appendix E: L’Hospital’s Rule<br />
Appendix F: Symbols, and the Greek Alphabet<br />
Annotated Bibliography<br />
Solutions to Odd-Numbered Exercises<br />
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<p>Catalog Code: HCEA<br />
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<p>This book contains enrichment material for courses in first and second year calculus, differential equations, modeling, and introductory real analysis. It targets talented students who seek a deeper understanding of calculus and its applications. The book can be used in honors courses, undergraduate seminars, independent study, capstone courses taking a fresh look at calculus, and summer enrichment programs. The book develops topics from novel and/or unifying perspectives. Hence, it is also a valuable resource for graduate teaching assistants developing their academic and pedagogical skills and for seasoned veterans who appreciate fresh perspectives.</p>
<p>The explorations, problems, and projects in the book impart a deeper understanding of and facility with the mathematical reasoning that lies at the heart of calculus and conveys something of its beauty and depth. A high level of rigor is maintained. However, with few exceptions, proofs depend only on tools from calculus and earlier. Analytical arguments are carefully structured to avoid epsilons and deltas. Geometric and/or physical reasoning motivates challenging analytical discussions. Consequently, the presentation is friendly and accessible to students at various levels of mathematical maturity. Logical reasoning skills at the level of proof in Euclidean geometry suffice for a productive use of the book.</p>
<p>There are 16 chapters in the book, divided about equally between pure and applied mathematics. The first three chapters are on fundamentals of differential calculus and the last three are on the monumental discoveries of Newton and Kepler on celestial motion and gravitation. The intervening chapters present significant topics in pure and applied mathematics chosen for their intrinsic interest, historical influence, and continuing importance. There is great flexibility in the choice of which chapters to cover and the order of coverage because chapters are essentially independent of each other.</p>
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<p style="margin-left:20px">Preface<br />
The Foundation on Which Calculus Stands<br />
1. Critical Points and Graphing<br />
2. Inverse Functions<br />
3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions<br />
4. Linear Approximation and Newton’s Method<br />
5. Taylor Polynomial Approximation<br />
6. Global Extreme Values<br />
7. Angular Velocity and Curvature<br />
8. <em>π</em> and <em>e</em> are Irrational<br />
9. Hanging Cables<br />
10. The Buffon Needle Problem<br />
11. Optimal Location<br />
12. Energy<br />
13. Springs and Pendulums<br />
14. Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion<br />
15. Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation<br />
16. From Newton to Kepler and Beyond<br />
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<p>Mathematicians have pondered the psychology of the members of our tribe probably since mathematics was invented, but for certain since Hadamard’s <em>The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field</em>. The editors asked two dozen prominent mathematicians (and one spouse thereof) to ruminate on what makes us different. The answers they got are thoughtful, interesting and thought-provoking.</p>
<p>Not all respondents addressed the question directly. Michael Atiyah reflects on the tension between truth and beauty in mathematics. T.W. Körner, Alan Schoenfeld and Hyman Bass chose to write, reflectively and thoughtfully, about teaching and learning. Others, including Ian Stewart and Jane Hawkins, write about the sociology of our community. Many of the contributions range into philosophy of mathematics and the nature of our thought processes. Any mathematician will find much of interest here.</p>
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<p style="margin-left:20px">Preface<br />
<strong>Part I: Who Are Mathematicians?</strong><br />
Foreword to Who Are Mathematicians?<br />
1. Mathematicians and Mathematics <em>Michael Aschbacher</em><br />
2. What Are Mathematicians Really Like? Observations of a Spouse <em>Pamela Aschbacher</em><br />
3. Mathematics: Arts and Science <em>Michael Atiyah</em><br />
4. A Mathematician’s Survival Guide <em>Peter G. Casazza</em><br />
5. We Are Different <em>Underwood Dudley</em><br />
6. The Naked Lecturer <em>T.W. Körner</em><br />
7. Through a Glass Darkly <em>Steven G. Krantz</em><br />
8. What’s a Nice Guy Like Me Doing in a Place Like This? <em>Alan H. Schoenfeld</em><br />
9. A Mathematician’s Eye View <em>Ian Stewart</em><br />
10. I am a Mathematician <em>V. S. Varadarajan</em><br />
<strong>Part II: On Becoming a Mathematician</strong><br />
Foreword to On Becoming a Mathematician<br />
11. Mathematics and Teaching <em>Hyman Bass</em><br />
12. Who We Are and How We Got That Way? <em>Jonathan M. Borwein</em><br />
13. Social Class and Mathematical Values in the USA <em>Roger Cooke</em><br />
14. The Badly Taught High School Calculus Lesson and the Mathematical Journey It Led Me To <em>Keith Devlin</em><br />
15. The Psychology of Being a Mathematician <em>Sol Garfunkel</em><br />
16. Dynamics of Mathematical Groups <em>Jane Hawkins</em><br />
17. Mathematics, Art, Civilization <em>Yuri I. Manin</em><br />
18. Questions about Mathematics <em>Harold R. Parks</em><br />
19. A Woman Mathematician’s Journey <em>Mei-Chi Shaw</em><br />
<strong>Part III: Why I Became a Mathematician</strong><br />
Foreword to Why I Became a Mathematician<br />
20. Why I Became a Mathematician: A Personal Account <em>Harold P. Boas</em><br />
21. Why I Became a Mathematician? <em>Aline Bonami</em><br />
22. Why I am a Mathematician <em>John P. D’Angelo</em><br />
23. Why I am a Mathematician <em>Robert E. Greene</em><br />
24. Why I am a Mathematician <em>Jenny Harrison</em><br />
25. Why I Became a Mathematician <em>Rodolfo H. Torres</em></p>
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<h3>by Michael E. Boardman and Roger B. Nelsen</h3>
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<p><em>College Calculus: A One-Term Course for Students with Previous Calculus Experience</em> is a textbook for students who have successfully experienced an introductory calculus course in high school. <em>College Calculus</em> begins with a brief review of some of the content of the high school calculus course, and proceeds to give students a thorough grounding in the remaining topics in single variable calculus, including integration techniques, applications of the definite integral, separable and linear differential equations, hyperbolic functions, parametric equations and polar coordinates, L’Hôpital’s rule and improper integrals, continuous probability models, and infinite series. Each chapter concludes with several “Explorations,” extended discovery investigations to supplement that chapter’s material.</p>
<p>The text is ideal as the basis of a course focused on the needs of prospective majors in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). A one-term course based on this text provides students with a solid foundation in single variable calculus and prepares them for the next course in college level mathematics, be it multivariable calculus, linear algebra, a course in discrete mathematics, statistics, etc.</p>
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0. Preparation for College Calculus<br />
1. Volume Integrals and Integration by Parts<br />
2. Arc Length, Trigonometric Substitution, and Surface Area<br />
3. Differential Equations<br />
4. Logistic Model, Partial Fractions, Least Squares<br />
5. Physical Applications of Integration<br />
6. The Hyperbolic Functions<br />
7. Numerical Integration<br />
8. Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates<br />
9. Improper Integrals, L’Hôpital’s Rule, and Probability<br />
10. Infinite Series (Part I)<br />
11. Infinite Series (Part II)<br />
Appendix A. A Description of the AP Calculus AB Course<br />
Appendix B. Useful Formulas from Geometry and Trigonometry<br />
Appendix C. Supplemental Topics in Single Variable Calculus<br />
Appendix D. Supplemental Explorations<br />
Appendix E. Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises<br />
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<p>Freshman and sophomore life sciences students respond well to the modeling approach to calculus, difference equations, and differential equations presented in this book. Examples of population dynamics, pharmacokinetics, and biologically relevant physical processes are introduced in Chapter 1, and these and other life sciences topics are developed throughout the text.</p>
<p>The ultimate goal of calculus for many life sciences students primarily involves modeling living systems with difference and differential equations. Understanding the concepts of derivative and integral is crucial, but the ability to compute a large array of derivatives and integrals is of secondary importance.</p>
<p>Students should have studied algebra, geometry and trigonometry, but may be life sciences students because they have not enjoyed their previous mathematics courses. This text can help them understand the relevance and importance of mathematics to their world. It is not a simplistic approach, however, and indeed is written with the belief that the mathematical depth of a course in calculus for the life sciences should be comparable to that of the traditional course for physics and engineering students.</p>
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<p>Catalog Code: NML-45<br />
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<p><em>Tim Chartier has written the perfect supplement to a linear algebra course. Every major topic is driven by applications, such as computer graphics, cryptography, webpage ranking, sports ranking and data mining. Anyone reading this book will have a clear understanding of the power and scope of linear algebra.</em> — Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College</p>
<p><em>I’m often asked which areas of mathematics should students study. I always say linear algebra. However, typical linear algebra texts I've seen either have very few applications, or the applications are contrived and not very relevant to students. Chartier's text is a refreshing change as it is driven by real-world applications that are inspiring and familiar to his audience. From Google searches and image processing, to sports rankings and (my favorite) computer graphics.</em> — Tony DeRose, Pixar Animation Studios</p>
<p>From simulating complex phenomenon on supercomputers to storing the coordinates needed in modern 3D printing, data is a huge and growing part of our world. A major tool to manipulate and study this data is linear algebra. This book introduces concepts of matrix algebra with an emphasis on application, particularly in the fields of computer graphics and data mining. Readers will learn to make an image transparent, compress an image and rotate a 3D wireframe model. In data mining, readers will use linear algebra to read zip codes on envelopes and encrypt sensitive information. The books details methods behind web search, utilized by such companies as Google, and algorithms for sports ranking which have been applied to creating brackets for March Madness and predict outcomes in FIFA World Cup soccer. The book can serve as its own resource or to supplement a course on linear algebra.</p>
<h3>Table of Contents</h3>
<p style="margin-left:20px">Preface<br />
Acknowledgements</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">1. X Marks the Spot</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">2. Entering the Matrix<br />
2.1 Sub Swapping<br />
2.2 Spying on the Matrix<br />
2.3 Math in the Matrix</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">3. Sum Matrices<br />
3.1 Adding to Things<br />
3.2 Getting Inverted<br />
3.3 Blending Space<br />
3.4 Linearly Invisible<br />
3.5 Leaving Through a Portal</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">4. Fitting the Norm<br />
4.1 Recommended Movie<br />
4.2 Handwriting at a Distance</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">5. Go Forth and Multiply<br />
5.1 Scaly by Product<br />
5.2 Computing Similar Taste<br />
5.3 Scaling to Higher Dimensions<br />
5.4 Escher in the Matrix<br />
5.5 Lamborghini Spinout<br />
5.6 Line Detector</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">6. It's Elementary, My Dear Watson<br />
6.1 Visual Operation<br />
6.2 Being Cryptic</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">7. Math to the Max<br />
7.1 Dash of Math<br />
7.2 Linear Path to College<br />
7.3 Going Cocoa for Math</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">8. Stretch and Shrink<br />
8.1 Getting Some Definition<br />
8.2 Getting Graphic<br />
8.3 Finding Groupies<br />
8.4 Seeing the Principal</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">9. Zombie Math—Decomposing<br />
9.1 A Singularly Valuable Matrix Decomposition<br />
9.2 Feeling Compressed<br />
9.3 In a Blur<br />
9.4 Losing Some Memory</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">10. What Are the Chances?<br />
10.1 Down the Chute<br />
10.2 Google's Rankings of Web Pages<br />
10.3 Enjoying the Chaos</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">11. Mining for Meaning<br />
11.1 Slice and Dice<br />
11.2 Movie with not Much Dimension<br />
11.3 Presidential Library of Eigenfaces<br />
11.4 Recommendation—Seeing Stars</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">12. Who's Number 1?<br />
12.1 Getting Massey<br />
12.2 Colley Method<br />
12.3 Rating Madness<br />
12.4 March MATHness<br />
12.5 Adding Weight to the Madness<br />
12.6 World Cup Rankings\</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">13. End of the Line</p>
<p style="margin-left:20px">Bibliography<br />
Index</p>
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<p><a href="http://academics.davidson.edu/math/chartier/" target="_blank"><strong>Tim Chartier</strong></a> is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. In 2014, he was named the inaugural Mathematical Association of America’s Math Ambassador. He is a recipient of the Henry Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member from the MAA. Published by Princeton University Press, Tim authored <em>Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing</em> and coauthored <em>Numerical Methods: Design, Analysis, and Computer Implementation of Algorithms</em> with Anne Greenbaum. As a researcher, Tim has worked with both Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories on the development and analysis of computational methods targeted to increase efficiency and robustness of numerical simulation on the lab’s supercomputers, which are among the fastest in the world. Tim’s research with and beyond the labs was recognized with an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He serves on the Editorial Board for <a href="/publications/periodicals/math-horizons" title="Math Horizons"><em>Math Horizons</em></a>. He was the first of the Advisory Council for the Museum of Mathematics, which opened in 2012 and is the first museum of mathematics in the United States. Tim fields mathematical questions for the Sports Science program on ESPN, and has also been a resource for a variety of media inquiries, which include appearances with NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today, and The New York Times. He also writes for the Science blog of the Huffington Post.</p>
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<p>One of the nice things about linear algebra, I’ve always thought, is that there is something in the subject for just about everybody. There’s a lot of beautiful theory, but at the same time those people who like to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty with computations, particularly in aid of interesting applications, will find much here to interest them as well.</p>
<p>At Iowa State University, we offer two different introductory undergraduate courses in linear algebra — one is a proof-based course intended for mathematics majors, the other is a more computational course with applications for non-majors. (There is also a more sophisticated joint undergraduate/graduate course in applied linear algebra.) I’ve taught the non-major course a couple of times, and enjoyed it, but have noted that most introductory texts are usually so busy developing the ideas behind linear algebra that they don’t really have time or space in which to really discuss the applications in any depth. Typically an application will just be developed rather briefly, which may result in it appearing somewhat contrived and artificial. The book under review does an excellent job of addressing these concerns, and would make a very useful supplement to a first course in linear algebra. <a href="/publications/maa-reviews/when-life-is-linear-from-computer-graphics-to-bracketology" target="_blank" title="When Life is Linear: From Computer Graphics to Bracketology">Continued...</a></p>
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<p>“Read Euler, read Euler, he is master of us all,” LaPlace exhorted us. And it is true, Euler writes with unerring grace and ease. He is exceptionally clear thinking and clear speaking. It is a joy and a pleasure to follow him. It is especially so with Ed Sandifer as your guide. Sandifer has been studying Euler for decades and is one of the world’s leading experts on his work. This volume is the second collection of Sandifer’s “How Euler Did It” columns. Each is a jewel of historical and mathematical exposition. The sum total of years of work and study of the most prolific mathematician of history, this volume will leave you marveling at Euler’s clever inventiveness and Sandifer’s wonderful ability to explicate and put it all in context.</p>
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<strong>Part I: Geometry</strong><br />
1. The Euler Line (January 2009)<br />
2. A Forgotten Fermat Problem (December 2008)<br />
3. A Product of Secants (May 2008)<br />
4. Curves and Paradox (October 2008)<br />
5. Did Euler Prove Cramer’s Rule? (November 2009–A Guest Column by Rob Bradley)<br />
<strong>Part II: Number Theory</strong><br />
6. Factoring $$F_5$$ (March 2007)<br />
7. Rational Trigonometry (March 2008)<br />
8. Sums (and Differences) that are Squares (March 2009)<br />
<strong>Part III: Combinatorics</strong><br />
9. St. Petersburg Paradox (July 2007)<br />
10. Life and Death–Part 1 (July 2008)<br />
11. Life and Death–Part 2 (August 2008)<br />
<strong>Part IV: Analysis</strong><br />
12. e, π and i: Why is “Euler” in the Euler Identity (August 2007)<br />
13. Multi-zeta Functions (January 2008)<br />
14. Sums of Powers (June 2009)<br />
15. A Theorem of Newton (April 2008)<br />
16. Estimating π (February 2009)<br />
17. Nearly a Cosine Series (May 2009)<br />
18. A Series of Trigonometric Powers (June 2008)<br />
19. Gamma the Function (September 2007)<br />
20. Gamma the Constant (October 2007)<br />
21. Partial Fractions (June 2007)<br />
22. Inexplicable Functions (November 2007)<br />
23. A False Logarithm Series (December 2007)<br />
24. Introduction to Complex Variables (May 2007)<br />
25. The Moon and the Differential (October 2009–A Guest Column by Rob Bradley)<br />
<strong>Part V: Applied Mathematics</strong><br />
26. Density of Air (July 2009)<br />
27. Bending Light (August 2009)<br />
28. Saws and Modeling (November 2008)<br />
29. PDEs of Fluids (September 2008)<br />
30. Euler and Gravity (December 2009–A Guest Column by Dominic Klyve)<br />
<strong>Part VI: Euleriana</strong><br />
31. Euler and the Hollow Earth: Fact or Fiction? (April 2007)<br />
32. Fallible Euler (February 2008)<br />
33. Euler and the Pirates (April 2009)<br />
34. Euler as a Teacher–Part 1 (January 2010)<br />
35. Euler as a Teacher–Part 2 (February 2010)<br />
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<p><strong>C. Edward Sandifer</strong> is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Western Connecticut State University. He earned his PhD at the Univeristy of Massachusetts under John Fogarty, studying ring theory. He became interested in Euler while attending the Institute for the History of Mathematics and Its Uses in Teaching, IHMT, several summers in Washington DC, under the tutelage of Fred Rickey, Victor Katz, and Ron Calinger. Because of a series of advising mistakes, as an undergraduate Ed studied more foreign languages than he had to, and so now he can read the works of Euler in their original Latin, French, and German. Occasionally he reads Spanish colonial mathematics in its original as well. Ed was the secretary of The Euler Society, and he wrote a monthly online column, “How Euler Did It,” for the MAA—this volume is a collection of some of those columns. He has also written <a href="/publications/books/the-early-mathematics-of-leonhard-euler" target="_blank" title="The Early Mathematics of Leonhard Euler"><em>The Early Mathematics of Leonhard Euler</em></a> and <em>How Euler Did It</em>, both also published by the MAA, and edited, along with Robert E. Bradley, <em>Leonhard Euler: Life, Work, and Legacy</em>. He and his wife Theresa, live in a small town in western Connecticut. Ed used to be an avid runner and he has over 35 Boston Marathons on his shoes.</p>
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<p>C. Edward Sandifer’s <em>How Euler Did Even More</em> is the second collection of his monthly columns from MAA Online, “How Euler Did It.” The first collection, also titled <em>How Euler Did It</em>, appeared in 2007 as part of the five-volume set published by the MAA in recognition of the tercentenary of Euler’s birth. It contained Sandifer’s columns from November 2003 through February 2007. This second collection contains his columns from March 2007 through February 2010, with the addition of two guest columns by Rob Bradley and one by Dominic Klyve. (Bradley assisted Sandifer with the details of the publication of this collection.)</p>
<p>There are several ways to read this book. First, one may choose simply to open it at random to read Sandifer’s discussion of how Euler attacked and thought about certain problems. <a href="/publications/maa-reviews/how-euler-did-even-more" target="_blank" title="How Euler Did Even More">Continued...</a></p>
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<p>The final chapter in the volume, the Epilogue, represents a synthesis by the editors of the contributing authors’ perceptions of the value of SoTL. This volume has two goals: to assist mathematics faculty interested in undertaking a scholarly study of their teaching practice and to promote a greater understanding of this work and its value to the mathematics community.</p>
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<p><em>Martin Gardner's fifteen volumes about Mathematical Games are The Canon – timeless classics that are always worth reading and rereading</em>. —Don Knuth</p>
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<p>The hangman’s paradox, cat’s cradle, gambling, peg solitaire, pi and e—all these and more are back in Martin Gardner’s inimitable style, with updates on new developments and discoveries. Read about how knots and molecules are related; take a trip into the fourth dimension; try out new dissections of stars, crosses, and polygons; and challenge yourself with new twists on classic games.</p>
<p>This volume includes updates by Martin Gardner, Peter Renz, Greg Frederickson, and Erica Flapan. New illustrations have been included and replace some of the older illustrations. The references have been updated</p>
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1. The Paradox of the Unexpected Hanging<br />
2. Knots and Borromean Rings<br />
3. The Transcendental Number <em>e</em><br />
4. Geometric Dissections<br />
5. Scarne on Gambling<br />
6. The Church of the Fourth Dimension<br />
7. Eight Problems<br />
8. A Matchbox Game-Learning Machine<br />
9. Spirals<br />
10. Rotations and Reflections<br />
11. Peg Solitaire<br />
12. Flatlands<br />
13. Chicago Magic Convention<br />
14. Tests of Divisibility<br />
15. Nine Problems<br />
16. The Eight Queens and Other Chessboard Diversions<br />
17. A Loop of String<br />
18. Curves of Constant Width<br />
19. Rep-Tiles: Replicating Figures on the Plane<br />
20. Thirsty-Six Catch Questions<br />
Index</p>
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<p>MAA members need no introduction to Martin Gardner. For three-quarters of a century he magically converted mathematics into play.(And, sometimes, playfully converted magic into mathematics.) His <em>Scientific American</em> columns inspired generations of mathematicians. He also made significant contributions to magic, philosophy, debunking pseudoscience, and children’s literature. He produced more than 60 books, including many best sellers, most of which are still in print, and wrote a regular column for the <em>Skeptical Inquirer</em> magazine from 1983 to 2002. His <em>Annotated Alice</em> has sold more than a million copies.</p>
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<p>This is the fourth entry in the first complete collection of Martin Gardner's Mathematical Library, covering the entire twenty-five-year run of his Scientific American columns. Oddly, the cover and spine have no indication of this ordinal or the count of volumes. It is not immediately obvious this is part of a set.</p>
<p>The back cover does cite Don Knuth as saying that this material is “…always worth reading and rereading.” I agree. This edition contains extensively updated material from Gardner, so that the detailed afterwords and extensive bibliographies are often longer than the original columns. <a href="/nide/608840" target="_blank">Continued...</a></p>
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<p>Evangelista Torricelli was a master of areas and volumes. Writing in 1644, he recognized Archimedes's work on these subjects as an integrated whole. We saw Torricelli on these pages in October, 2013, and we will see him again before this year is out.<br />
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This issue has articles by Andrew Leahy on Toricelli, by Scott Chapman on unique (and nonunique) factorization, by Russ Gordon on triangles with trisectible angles, and much more—including Problems, Reviews, and even a crossword puzzle.—<em style="line-height: 1.25em;">Walter Stromquist</em></p>
<p>Vol. 87, No. 3, pp. 162-239.</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">A Tale of Two Monoids: A Friendly Introduction to Nonunique Factorizations</h3>
<p>Scott C. Chapman</p>
<p>Arithmetic sequences are among the most basic of structures in a discrete mathematics course. We consider here two particular arithmetic sequences: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, . . . (<strong>H</strong>) and 4, 10, 16, 22, 28, . . .(<strong>M</strong>).</p>
<p>In addition to their additive definitions, these sequences are also multiplicatively closed. We show that both have multiplicative structures much different than that of the regular system of the integers. In particular, both fail the celebrated Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic. While this is relatively easy to see, we will show that while factoring elements in the set <strong>H</strong> is fairly straightforward, factoring elements in <strong>M</strong> is much more complicated. This gives us a glimpse of how systems that fail the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic are studied and analyzed.</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Evangelista Torricelli and the “Common Bond of Truth” in Greek Mathematics</h3>
<p>Andrew Leahy</p>
<p>In 1664, Evangelista Torricelli published his Opera Geometrica, one of the most important—yet most unheralded—publications in the history of integral calculus. In the chapter <em>de Dimensione arabolae</em>, Torricelli uses the newfound analytic techniques of Bonaventura Cavalieri to prove, among other things, that all of the major geometrical works of Archimedes—<em>Quadrature of the Parabola</em>,<em> On the Sphere and the Cylinder</em>,<em> On Spirals</em>,<em> and On the Equilibrium of Planes</em>—are joined by a “common bond of truth.” In this article, we show how Torricelli establishes this connection and discuss briefly the impact it had on subsequent mathematicians such as John Wallis.</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Outer Median Triangles</h3>
<p>Árpad Benyi and Branko Ćurgus</p>
<p>We define the notions of outer medians and outer median triangles. We show that outer median triangles enjoy similar properties to that of the median triangle.</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Types Theory</h3>
<p>Brendan W. Sullivan</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Integer-Sided Triangles with Trisectible Angles</h3>
<p>Russell A. Gordon</p>
<p>We consider the problem of finding integer-sided triangles for which all three angles in the triangle can be trisected with a compass and unmarked straightedge. Since some angles (such as 60º) cannot be trisected using only these tools, some care is required to find triangles with these properties. By the law of cosines, the cosines of the angles are rational numbers (since the sides of the triangles are integers). In order for the three angles of the triangle to be trisectible, the rational cosine values must meet certain conditions. Using some elementary aspects of the theory of constructible numbers, we obtain several general methods for finding triangles that meet our conditions, then present some examples and explore a few properties of these triangles.</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Surprises</h3>
<p>Felix Lazebnik</p>
<p>In this article the author presents twenty-three mathematical statements that he finds surprising. Understanding most of the statements requires very modest mathematical background. The reasons why he finds them surprising are analyzed.</p>
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<h2 style="font-size: 28px;">NOTES</h2>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">A Solution to the Basel Problem that Uses Euclid’s Inscribed Angle Theorem</h3>
<p>David Brink</p>
<p>We present a short, rigorous solution to the Basel Problem that uses Euclid’s Inscribed Angle Theorem (Proposition 20 in Book III of the <em>Elements</em>) and can be seen as an elaboration of an idea of Leibniz communicated to Johann Bernoulli in 1696.</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Characterizing Power Functions by Hypervolumes of Revolution</h3>
<p>Vincent Coll and Maria Qirjollari</p>
<p>A power function is characterized by a certain constant volume ratio associated with the surface of revolution generated by the graph of the function. We generalize this characterization to include hypersurfaces of revolution and find that power functions are similarly identified by the analogous ratio of hypervolumes of revolution. We write this ratio as an explicit function of the exponent of the power function and the dimension of the hypersurface.</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">A Pretzel for the Mind</h3>
<p>B. W. Corson</p>
<p>A variant of Laisant’s linkage-based trisector is described; its head-to-tail design has fewer parts and no slides.</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(196, 18, 48); font-size: 28px; line-height: 0.95em;">PROBLEMS</span></h3>
<p>Proposals 1946-1950<br />
Quickies 1041 & 1042<br />
Solutions 1921-1925</p>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(196, 18, 48); font-size: 28px; line-height: 0.95em;">REVIEWS</span></h3>
<p>Sharing rent; a shady underside of lotteries; beyond Ramanujan</p>
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<p><strong>Peter Borwein</strong> is the founding Project Leader and currently an Executive Co-Director of the IRMACS Centre. He is a Burnaby Mountain Chair at Simon Fraser University and has been a professor in the mathematics department since 1993 when he moved from Dalhousie University. He is also an adjunct professor in computing science. His research interests span various aspects of mathematics and computer science, health and criminology modelling and visualization.</p>
<p><strong>Peter Liljedahl</strong> is an associate professor of mathematics education in the Faculty of Education, an associate member in the department of mathematics, and co-director of the David Wheeler Institute for Research in Mathematics Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His research interests are creativity, insight, and discovery in mathematics teaching and learning; the role of the affective domain on the teaching and learning of mathematics; the professional growth of mathematics teachers; mathematical problem solving; and numeracy.</p>
<p><strong>Helen Zhai</strong> graduated with a BSc in mathematics and Bed from Simon Fraser University. She has received undergraduate NSERC grants, one of which initiated her collaboration with Peter Borwein and Peter Liljedahl in their work on creativity in mathematics teaching and learning.</p>
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<p>The core philosophy underlying this volume is that abstract concepts are best learned when encountered first (and repeatedly) in concrete settings. Thus, the essential ideas of game theory are here presented in the context of actual games, real games much more complex and rich than the typical toy examples. All the fundamental ideas are here: Nash equilibria, backward induction, elementary probability, imperfect information, extensive and normal form, mixed and behavioral strategies. The active-learning, example-driven approach makes the text suitable for a course taught through problem solving. Students will be thoroughly engaged by the extensive classroom exercises, compelling homework problems and nearly sixty projects in the text. Also available are approximately eighty Java applets and three dozen Excel spreadsheets in which students can play games and organize information in order to acquire a gut feeling to help in the analysis of the games. Mathematical exploration is a deep form of play, that maxim is embodied in this book.</p>
<p><strong>Game Theory Through Examples</strong> is a lively introduction to this appealing theory. Assuming only high school prerequisites makes the volume especially suitable for a liberal arts or general education spirit-of-mathematics course. It could also serve as the active-learning supplement to a more abstract text in an upper-division game theory course.</p>
<p>This book is only available in an electronic edition. Both the Excel spreadsheets and the applets are accessed through links in the book. You can download the Excel spreadsheets <a href="/sites/default/files/pdf/ebooks/GameTheory_Excel.zip">here</a> if you wish to have them on your hard drive.</p>
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<p>This book presents a modern treatment of material traditionally covered in the sophomore-level course in ordinary differential equations. While this course is usually required for engineering students the material is attractive to students in any field of applied science, including those in the biological sciences.</p>
<p>The standard analytic methods for solving first and second-order differential equations are covered in the first three chapters. Numerical and graphical methods are considered, side-by-side with the analytic methods, and are then used throughout the text. An early emphasis on the graphical treatment of autonomous first-order equations leads easily into a discussion of bifurcation of solutions with respect to parameters.</p>
<p>The fourth chapter begins the study of linear systems of first-order equations and includes a section containing all of the material on matrix algebra needed in the remainder of the text. Building on the linear analysis, the fifth chapter brings the student to a level where two-dimensional nonlinear systems can be analyzed graphically via the phase plane. The study of bifurcations is extended to systems of equations, using several compelling examples, many of which are drawn from population biology. In this chapter the student is gently introduced to some of the more important results in the theory of dynamical systems. A student project, involving a problem recently appearing in the mathematical literature on dynamical systems, is included at the end of Chapter 5.</p>
<p>A full treatment of the Laplace transform is given in Chapter 6, with several of the examples taken from the biological sciences. An appendix contains completely worked-out solutions to all of the odd-numbered exercises.</p>
<p>The book is aimed at students with a good calculus background that want to learn more about how calculus is used to solve real problems in today's world. It can be used as a text for the introductory differential equations course, and is readable enough to be used even if the class is being "flipped." The book is also accessible as a self-study text for anyone who has completed two terms of calculus, including highly motivated high school students. Graduate students preparing to take courses in dynamical systems theory will also find this text useful.</p>
<h3>Table of Contents</h3>
<p style="margin-left:20px">Preface<br />
Sample Course Outline<br />
1. Introduction to Differential Equations<br />
2. First-order Differential Equations<br />
3. Second-order Differential Equations<br />
4. Linear Systems of First-order Differential Equations<br />
5. Geometry of Autonomous Systems<br />
6. Laplace Transforms<br />
A. Answers to Odd-numbered Exercises<br />
B. Derivative and Integral Formulas<br />
C. Cofactor Method for Determinants<br />
D. Cramer’s Rule for Solving Systems of Linear Equations<br />
E. The Wronskian<br />
F. Table of Laplace Transforms<br />
Index<br />
About the Author</p>
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<p><strong>V.W. Noonburg</strong>, better known by her middle name Anne, has enjoyed a somewhat varied professional career. It began with a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University, followed by a four-year stint as a computer programmer at the knolls Atomic Power Lab near Schenectady, New York. After returning to Cornell and earning a Ph.D. in mathematics, she taught first at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and then at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut (from which she has recently retired as professor emerita). During the late 1980s she twice taught as a visiting professor at Cornell, and also earned a Cornell M.S. Eng. degree in computer science.</p>
<p>It was during the first sabbatical at Cornell that she was fortunate to meet John Hubbard and Beverly West as they were working on a mold-breaking book on differential equations (<em>Differential Equations: A Dynamical Systems Approach, Part I</em>, Springer Verlag, 1990). She also had the good fortune to be able to sit in on a course given by John Guckenheimer and Philip Holmes, in which they were using their newly written book on dynamical systems (<em>Nonlinear Oscillations, Dynamical Systems, and Bifurcations of Vector Fields</em>, Springer-Verlag, 1983). All of this, together with being one of the initial members of the C-ODE-E group founded by Bob Borrelli and Courtney Coleman at Harvey Mudd College, led to a lasting interest in the learning and teaching of ordinary differential equations. This book is the result.</p>
<h3>MAA Review</h3>
<p>All of us have our favorite books in various areas of mathematics, and when it comes to elementary differential equations my favorite was <em>Differential Equations</em> by Blanchard, Devaney, and Hall (hereinafter BDH). There were several things that I particularly liked about the book, which struck me as somewhat less “cookbooky” than the typical sophomore ODE text at this level. I particularly appreciated, for example, the emphasis in BDH on the dynamical system approach, which struck me as a good way to learn the subject, and I also liked the fact that BDH addressed certain little things that other books often gloss over: for example, in the discussion of variables-separable equations, BDH acknowledges that “multiplying” the equation \( dy/dx = f(x)g(y) \) by \(dx\) is something that raises some concerns, and discusses a justification for the process.</p>
<p>I think, however, that the book under review has now edged out BDH as my favorite basic ODE text. As will be shortly noted, the things that I like about BDH are also present here, but this book also remedies what I thought was the one significant problem with using BDH as a text: its price.<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 13px;"> </span><a href="/node/413078" target="_blank">Continued...</a></p>
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<p>I'm pleased to announce that the April issue of <a href="/publications/periodicals/math-horizons" title="Math Horizons"><em>Math Horizons</em></a> is now online. In the cover story, Julie Barnes, Tom Koehler, and Beth Schaubroeck show how to use multivariable calculus to compute upper-level wind speeds and to predict airline flight times. Andrew Simoson writes about how Bilbo Baggins determined when he and the Company should arrive at the Lonely Mountain. Matt Koetz, Heather A. Lewis, and Mark McKinzie present humorous rewordings of the standard theorems of undergraduate mathematics. And—for those readers wanting more mathematics—eight experts recommend books to read this summer in the long wait between the April and September issues of <em>Math Horizons</em>. I encourage you to read all the fascinating articles on mathematics and the culture of mathematics in this month's issue.—<em>David Richeson, editor</em></p>
<p>Volume 21, Issue 4</p>
<h5 style="font-size: 18px;">JOURNAL SUBSCRIBERS AND MAA MEMBERS:</h5>
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<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Fly with the Wind</h3>
<p>Julie Barnes, Tom Koehler, and Beth Schaubroeck</p>
<p>Use multivariable calculus to calculate wind speed and estimate airline flight times. <span style="line-height: 1.25em;">(</span><a href="/sites/default/files/pdf/horizons/wind_april14.pdf" style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">pdf</a><span style="line-height: 1.25em;">)</span></p>
<p>JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons/21.4.10">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons/21.4.10</a></p>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Bilbo and the Last Moon of Autumn</h3>
<p>Andrew Simoson</p>
<p>Bilbo uses mathematics to get the hobbits to the Lonely Mountain by Durin’s Day—the last full moon of autumn.</p>
<p>To purchase the article from JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.5">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.5</a></p>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Colorful Symmetries</h3>
<p>Brian Bargh, John Chase, and Matthew Wright</p>
<p>Burnside’s lemma is the key to solving one of Google’s colorful <span style="line-height: 1.25em;">puzzles.</span></p>
<p>To purchase the article from JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.14">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.14</a></p>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Do the Math: TracTricks</h3>
<p>Burkhard Polster</p>
<p>Teach the classical tractrix curve some new tricks.</p>
<p>To purchase the article from JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.18">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.18</a></p>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">The Bookshelf: Summer Reading List</h3>
<p>Looking for a good book to read when school lets out? Allan Rossman, Jim Wiseman, David Kung, Jim <span style="line-height: 1.25em;">Wilder, Pam Pierce, Marc Chamberland, Tim Chartier, and David Richeson recommend their favorites.</span></p>
<p>To purchase the article from JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.20">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.20</a></p>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">X Goes First: Wild Tales of a Tic-Tac-Toe Grandmaster</h3>
<p>Bryan Clair</p>
<p>A lively dialogue about the not-so-trivial mathematics behind this <span style="line-height: 1.25em;">children’s game.</span></p>
<p>To purchase the article from JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.23">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.23</a></p>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">Bovino-Weierstrass and Other Fractured Theorems</h3>
<p>Matt Koetz, Heather A. Lewis, and Mark McKinzie</p>
<p>Humorous rewordings of the theorems of undergraduate mathematics.</p>
<p>To purchase the article from JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.26">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.26</a></p>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">The View from Here: Anonymity—A Thing of the Past?</h3>
<p>Elizabeth DeCarlo describes her work in a computational linguistics <span style="line-height: 1.25em;">lab determining the authorship of disputed works.</span></p>
<p>To purchase the article from JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.28">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.28</a></p>
<h2 style="font-size: 28px;">THE PLAYGROUND!</h2>
<p>The <em>Math Horizons</em> problem section, edited by Gary Gordon</p>
<p>JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.30">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.30</a></p>
<h3 style="font-size: 24px;">AFTERMATH: Every Math Major Should Take a Public-Speaking Course</h3>
<p>Rachel Levy argues that all mathematics majors should learn the art <span style="line-height: 1.25em;">of public speaking.</span></p>
<p>To purchase the article from JSTOR: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.34">http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/mathhorizons.21.4.34</a></p>
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<p><em>Willoughby's essay is a gem. It should be in the hands of every young teacher. I wish that I had read it many years ago. I have no doubt that many of his observations and the information he imparts will remain with me for a while. I certainly hope so. A collection of reminiscences from other teachers with their valuable insights and experiences (who could write with such expertise as he does) would make a fine addition to the education literature.</em> — James Tattersall, Providence College</p>
<p>Stephen S. Willoughby has taught mathematics for 59 years and he has seen everything. Some of it has annoyed him, some has inspired him. This little book is something of a valedictory and he shares some parting thoughts as he contemplates the end of his teaching career. Willoughby has strong, cogent and mostly negative opinions about textbooks, standardized testing, and teacher training. These opinions have been forged in the cauldron of the classroom of a deeply caring teacher. They might not please you, but they ought to make you think. They should spark needed debate in our community. Ultimately this is a human tale with rough parallels to Hardy's Apology; replace "Mathematician's" with "Teacher's" perhaps. Every teacher will sympathize with Willoughby's frustrations and empathize with the humanity and compassion that animated his life's work and that beat at the center of this book.</p>
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