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Mathematics, a Human Endeavor: A Book for Those Who Think They Don't Like the Subject
For instructors of liberal arts mathematics classes who focus on problem-solving, Harold Jacobs's remarkable textbook has long been the answer, helping teachers connect with of math-anxious students. Drawing on over thirty years of classroom experience, Jacobs shows students how to make observations, discover relationships, and solve problems in the context of ordinary exp ...more
Hardcover, Second Edition, 649 pages
Published October 1st 1982 by W.H. Freeman & Company
(first published 1970)
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I love this math text! It happens to be one of my favorite books of all time. You know, I didn't even like mathematics before I started teaching. Funny then, that after five years of doing so I would find a text book that intrigued me so much that it would become a highly prized object.
There is more to mathematics than computational techniques! Jacobs' clear and entertaining text (which is full of cartoons, pictures, and anecdotes) inspires a love of math. Each chapter invites the reader to discover for himself the patterns and structure of a particular topic. This book helped to convert me into someone who appreciated mathematics.