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# Burn Math Class: And Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself

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**A manifesto for a mathematical revolution**

Forget everything you've been taught about math. In

*Burn Math Class*, Jason Wilkes takes the traditional approach to how we learn math -- with its unwelcoming textbooks, unexplained rules, and authoritarian assertions-and sets it on fire.

Focusing on how mathematics is created rather than on mathematical facts, Wilkes teaches the su ...more

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Hardcover, 400 pages

Published
March 22nd 2016
by Basic Books

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I have taught calculus to thousands of students and the author's passion for rethinking the presentation is on the money. I have fought this battle for so long and presenting the rigors of mathematics in a more accessible way and using a "ground-up" approach pays dividends. No doubt.

But where is the research ba ...more

His premise is simple: the teaching of math in America is abhorrent—dull, long on memorization, and short on meaning and storytelling. Wilkes doesn’t want to teach us math, he wants to teach us to think by inve ...more

I do believe that math education needs to be changed, but if you change math at the elementary level you will change math from the ground up. ...more

As a note, I have a bachelo ...more

This book starts from "let's assume the only things you know of are addition and multiplication," and goes all the way to "let's develop calculus of variations [which the book calls "cannibal calculus" {the book makes heavy use of eschewing standard terminology, so as to remind the reader that we are developing everything from scratch, w ...more

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