A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form Paperback – 14 May 2009
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About the Author
Paul Lockhart became interested in mathematics when he was 14 (outside the classroom, he points out). He dropped out of college after one semester to devote himself exclusively to math. Based on his own research he was admitted to Columbia, received a PhD, and has taught at major universities. Since 2000 he has dedicated himself to "subversively" teaching grade-school math.
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As reported in other reviews, Lockhart brings a wealth of experience as a university level maths teacher, who decided to take his talents to benefit K12 level students in school. Lockhart is exactly the kind of teacher everyone should have in their maths class. His approach is simple and intuitively sound; namely, that maths as it is currently taught in most school classrooms is not really maths per se; rather it is a training process that rewards those who are good at learning a multitude of facts in the shape of formulae and algorithms, but who are not necessarily inclined towards or even competent at thinking 'outside the box.' As the Forward to the book by Keith Devlin (a maths professor at Stanford University) points out, many successful high-school mathematics students come unstuck when arriving at university to study mathematics, since the approach and character of the subject is so very different. The analogy is that pre-university maths is similar to learning to paint by numbers and that only when one 'arrives' at university is true maths introduced into the curriculum and the student is allowed to pick up a blank canvas to construct a painting. Many cannot make the transition, largely because they lack the mind-set necessary for this unstructured approach.
Lockhart appeals to us to appreciate that this transition is not something which should simply occur for a minority of students arriving at university.Read more ›
It's a good read, I enjoyed it, but I recommend Daily Mail readers stay away as it may be injurious to their health :-)
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Buy this book. honestly you will not regret it, if you are already looking at such a title you must be interested. And this piece of writing has inspired me more than ever. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eleanor Fay Girling
Probably not the book the head of T & L wants me to read, but a fantastically well written explanation of the difference between Maths (beautiful) and pseudomaths (dull).Published 6 months ago by Dan Lewis
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