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Memoirs of a Maverick Mathematician [Paperback]

Z. P. Dienes
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17 Jun 2003
Dr Zoltan Dienes is a world-famous theorist and tireless practitioner of the 'new mathematics' - an approach to mathematics learning which uses games, songs and dance to make it more appealing to children. Holder of numerous honorary degrees, Dr Dienes has had a long and fruitful career, breaking new ground and gaining many followers with his revolutionary ideas of learning often complex mathematical concepts in such fun ways that children are often unaware that they are learning anything. This is an honest account of an academic radical, covering his sometimes unconventional childhood in Hungary, France, Germany and Britain, his peripatetic academic career, his successes and failures and his personal affairs. Occasionally sad or moving, frequently amusing and always fascinating, this autobiography shares some of the intelligence, spirit and humanity that have made Dr Dienes such a landmark figure in mathematics education. A 'must-read' for anyone with a professional interest in the field, this is also an absorbing and frank book for anyone interested in the life of a man of ideas who was not afraid to take on the might of the traditionalist educational establishment.

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  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Upfront Publishing; New Ed edition (17 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844261921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844261925
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 12.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,761,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply enchanting 31 Oct 2003
This book is utterly enchanting, inspirational and life enriching. Don't be put off by the mathematician bit, the book isn't about mathematics, its about the life of a truely remarkable teacher. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lively and thought provoking read 4 Feb 1999
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I'll declare my interests upfront - the book is written by my grandfather - but having said that anyone interested in the makings of a forward thinking mind should read this book! It's a great read, very frank, and full of interesting, thought provoking and fun anecdotes. It would be of particular interest to educationalists, sociologists, psychologists, mathematicians, musicians, linguists, lovers of autobiography and the intelligent layperson generally.
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