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In the Dark on the Sunny Side: A Memoir of an Out-of-Sight Mathematician (Spectrum) Paperback – 6 Dec 2012
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'… this book testifies that, even 'in the dark' it is possible by using one's creativity and perseverance to achieve remarkable things in life.' The European Mathematical Society (euro-math-soc.eu)
Misfortune struck five-year-old Larry Baggett when he was blinded following an accident. This memoir describes his life as a blind person living and learning in the sighted world, an internationally renowned research mathematician and a successful university professor.See all Product description
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If one feels that I'm talking about a "tail end of a distribution", I'd like to point out that I know of, for instance, no deaf mathematician on the level of achievement of several blind mathematicians that come to mind. This should seem ironic since blind students are typically turned away from mathematics at an early age because they "can't do arithmetic on paper". Decades after the myth of the "paperless office", we operate on centuries-old misconceptions about mathematics, and how we learn it, even in the face of exceptional people like Larrry Baggett. I'm so grateful this book has been written and I sincerely hope that the many stereotypes it shatters are dwarfed by questions educators and parents are compelled to consider. Ya got to love it!
The book was published by the Mathematical Association of America. It is unconscionable for a non-profit, tax-exempt organization to be charging $50 for a 200 page book published from a pdf file prepared by the author.