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 Why textbooks? June 13, 2019
 Author Interview: John Erdman January 24, 2019
 Textbooks for Problems Based Teaching November 26, 2018
 Author Interview: Marty Weissman September 24, 2018
 Readtogether math books for kids August 7, 2018
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Category Archives: Mathematics
Why textbooks?
Do we really need textbooks? In this age of swelling enrolments in undergraduate math classes, students with diverse interests and backgrounds, new modes of teaching, and alternative media, are textbooks too rigid? Are they too expensive? Would it be better … Continue reading
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Readtogether math books for kids
Young kids love books like Goodnight Moon and parents love to read it to them. Does it matter whether the toddler thinks of the moon, the rhythms of the day, the rhythm of the words, the magic of transitions and … Continue reading
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The Web and Books of the Future
Given the way the internet has become firmly entrenched in our lives, how do you think books of the future will look and how will these “new books” be read and used? Is the web making books obsolete, or will … Continue reading
Author Interview: John Roe
John Roe studied with Michael Atiyah at Oxford, and his research has focused on the interaction of index theory and large scale or “coarse” geometry. After teaching at Oxford for twelve years he became Professor of Mathematics at Penn State in 1998. … Continue reading
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Author Interview: Jennifer Schultens
Jennifer Schultens is Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Davis. Her book Introduction to 3Manifolds guides beginning graduate students through the foundations of lowdimensional topology to specialized topics such as triangulations of 3manifolds, normal surface theory and Heegaard splittings. … Continue reading
Open Math Notes: Free as in beer.
Recently, the phrase “free as in beer vs. free as in speech” caught my attention. It was the first I had heard of this way of distinguishing two English meanings of free, and how it particularly applies to what is … Continue reading
Author Interview: Hossein Giv
Hossein Hosseini Giv is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sistan and Baluchestan in Zahedan, Iran. The AMS Bookstore’s description of his book Mathematical Analysis and its Inherent Nature begins, “Mathematical analysis is often referred to as … Continue reading
Open Math Notes: the Road in Between
What process of writing works for you? There are two opposite approaches to writing, which I associate with Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen, and the AMS is now providing a third with the help of its new website Open Math … Continue reading
Author Interview: Dale Rolfsen
Dale Rolfsen is an expert in lowdimensional topology and knot theory, and is coauthor of the AMS books Ordering Braids (with Dehornoy, Dynnikov and Wiest), and Ordered Groups and Topology (with Clay). His seminal work Knots and Links helped to popularize … Continue reading
Culture, Conventions and Publishing in Math
When should mathematics students begin publishing in research journals? The publication resumes of many graduate students in recent years are impressive. It is not unusual for a student to have several refereed journal articles before getting a PhD, and these … Continue reading
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