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The joy of mathematics
2007
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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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