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Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., c2007.
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DVD, Videorecording, Projected Medium, Visual Materials, Book
Description:
4 videodiscs (720 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 173 p. ; 19 cm.).
Summary:
Ready to exercise those brain cells? Professor Arthur T. Benjamin is renowned for his feats of mental calculation performed before audiences at schools, theaters, museums, conferences, and in this series, he shows that there are simple tricks that allow anyone to look like a math magician. Throughout these lectures, he shows how everything in mathematics is connected--how the beautiful and often imposing edifice that has given us algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and so much else is based on nothing more than fooling around with numbers.
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Pi.
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DVD.
24 lectures (30 min. each) on four discs.
Course guidebook includes professor biography, statement of course scope, lecture outlines and notes, glossary, and bibliography.
Course number 1411.
Lecturer: Arthur T. Benjamin, Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College.
Producers, Jaimee Aigret, Zachary H. Rhoades ; academic content supervisors, Jay Tate, Joan Burton ; directors, Jon Leven, Jim Allen ; camera operators, Jim Allen, Alexis Doty, Jared Bourgeois, Jack Dierken.
Contents:
Disc 1. Part 1. The joy of math : the big picture -- The joy of numbers -- The joy of primes -- The joy of counting -- The joy of Fibonacci numbers -- The joy of algebra.
Disc 2. Part 1. The joy of higher algebra -- The joy of algebra made visual -- The joy of 9 -- The joy of proofs -- The joy of geometry -- The joy of pi.
Disc 3. Part 2. The joy of trigonometry -- The joy of the imaginary number i -- The joy of the number e -- The joy of infinity -- The joy of infinite series -- The joy of differential calculus.
Disc 4. Part 2. The joy of approximating with calculus -- The joy of integral calculus -- The joy of Pascal's triangle -- The joy of probability -- The joy of mathematical games -- The joy of mathematical magic.
ISBN:
9781598033106
1598033107
Publisher Number:
PD1411-01
PD1411-02
1411
Other Number:
298439605
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2
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0
# Local items:
2
Control Number:
612616
Call Number:
510
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0
# Local items in:
2
# System items in:
2
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[videorecording]
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In a generally well-structured and carefully thought-out series of 24 half-hour lectures, professor Arthur T. Benjamin (Harvey Mudd Coll., CA) tries to demonstrate why mathematics can be interesting and enjoyable. He is enthusiastic and effective, and the graphics are helpful. Unfortunately, the time available is insufficient to do more than skim the surface of algebra, number theory, calculus, and assorted other topics. As such, the course would not serve the needs of someone encountering these ideas for the first time or someone who might be trying to prepare for a GED or other mathematics proficiency exam. However, if you completed high school and early college courses and remember them as being boring and painful and would like to see the fun parts, this may be the program for you. Additionally, the video is flawed by a number of minor but disconcerting errors of a largely arithmetic nature that should have been caught and corrected. Recommended for large public libraries.--Harold D. Shane, emeritus, Mathematics, Baruch Coll., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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