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    DescriptionWhether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, "A Mind for Numbers" offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options--both to rise in the military and to explore other careers--she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life. In "A Mind for Numbers," Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to effectively learning math and science--secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they'd known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there's only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions--you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn math. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. "A Mind for Numbers "shows us that we all have what it takes to excel in math, and learning it is not as painful as some might think!


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    Title
    A Mind for Numbers
    Subtitle
    How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barbara Oakley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780399165245
    ISBN 10: 039916524X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MAT
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PB
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Ingram Subject Code: HE
    Libri: I-HE
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 195
    B&T Approval Code: A51960000
    BISAC V2.8: BUS012000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 14
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    B&T Approval Code: A50010000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A46342820
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26290
    BISAC V2.8: MAT003000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SEL027000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 501.9
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 501/.9
    DC23: 501.9
    LC classification: QA11.2 .O23 2014
    Thema V1.0: PDR, PB, PD
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Jeremy P Tarcher
    Publication date
    31 August 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Los Angeles
    Author Information
    Barbara Oakleyis a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She has received many awards for her teaching, including the coveted National Science Foundation New Century Scholar Award.
    Review quote
    "A good teacher will leave you educated. But a great teacher will leave you curious. Well, Barbara Oakley is a great teacher. Not only does she have a mind for numbers, she has a way with words, and she makes every one of them count." --Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" and CEO of mikeroweWORKS "If you struggled through math and slept through science, there's hope. In "A Mind for Numbers," polymath Barbara Oakley reveals how to unlock the analytic powers of our brains so we can learn how to learn. This book should be required reading for students--and for my mother." --Adam Grant, "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Give and Take" "Superb not only for those who are struggling or who are expert at math, but for readers who wish to think and comprehend more efficiently." --"Library Journal" "An ingeniously accessible introduction to the science of human cognition--along with practical advice on how to think better." --James Taranto, "The Wall Street Journal" "In my book "The Math Instinct, " I described how we have known since the early 1990s that all ordinary people can do mathematics, and in "The Math Gene," I explained why the capacity for mathematical thinking is both a natural consequence of evolution and yet requires effort to unleash it. What I did not do is show "how" to tap in to that innate ability. Professor Oakley does just that." --Keith Devlin, NPR Weekend Edition's "Math Guy" "A wonderful book! How do you come to" love" math and science, and how do you come to "learn" math and science? Read "A Mind for Numbers." Barbara Oakley is the magician who will help you do both." --Francisco J. Ayala, University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, and former President and Chairman of the Board, American Association for the Advancement of Science "Being good at science and mathematics isn't just something you "are"; it's something you "become." This users' guide to the brain unmasks the mystery around achieving success in mathematics and science. I have seen far too many students opt out when they hit a rough patch. But now that learners have a handy guide for 'knowing better' they will also be able to 'do better.'" --Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science ""A Mind for Numbers" is an excellent book about how to approach mathematics, science, or any realm where problem solving plays a prominent role." --J. Michael Shaughnessy, Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics "I have not been this excited about a book in a long time. Giving students deep knowledge on "how to learn" will lead to higher retention and student success in every field. It is a gift that will last them a lifetime." --Robert R Gamache, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and International Relations, University of Massachusetts, Lowell ""A Mind for Numbers" helps put students in the driver's seat--empowering them to learn more deeply and easily. This outstanding book is also a useful resource for instructional leaders. Given the urgent need for America to improve its science and math education so it can stay competitive, "A Mind for Numbers" is a welcome find." --Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children's Zone "It's easy to say 'work smarter, not harder, ' but Barbara Oakley actually shows you how to do just that, in a fast-paced and accessible book that collects tips based on experience and sound science. In fact, I'm going to incorporate some of these tips into my own teaching." --Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law, The University of Tennessee ""A Mind for Numbers" is a splendid resource for how to approach mathematics learning and in fact learning in any area. Barbara Oakley's authoritative guide is based on the latest research in the cognitive sciences, and provides a clear, concise, and entertaining roadmap for how to get the most out of learning. This is a must-read for anyone who has struggled with mathematics and anyone interested in enhancing their learning experience." --David C. Geary, Curators' Professor of Psychological Sciences and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, University of Missouri "For students afraid of math and science and for those who love the subjects, this engaging book provides guidance in establishing study habits that take advantage of how the brain works." --Deborah Schifter, Principal Research Scientist, Science and Mathematics Programs, Education Development Center, Inc. ""A Mind for Numbers "explains the process of learning in a fascinating and utterly memorable way. This book is a classic, not only for learners of all ages, but for teachers of all kinds." --Frances R. Spielhagen, Ph.D., Director, Center for Adolescent Research and Development, Mount Saint Mary College