Nature of Mathematics

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Cengage Learning, Sep 29, 2006 - Mathematics - 1088 pages
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Written for liberal arts students and based on the belief that learning to solve problems is the principal reason for studying mathematics, the major theme of this book is problem solving. In the first section, Karl Smith introduces students to Polya's problem-solving techniques and then shows students how to use these techniques throughout the book to solve unfamiliar problems. In addition to the problem solving emphasis, the book is well renowned for its clear writing, coverage of historical topics, selection of topics, level, and exercise sets that feature great applications problems. Since the first edition of Smith's text was published, thousands of students have experienced mathematics rather than just doing problems. Smith's writing style gives students the confidence and ability to utilize mathematics in their everyday lives. The emphasis on problem solving and estimation, along with numerous in-text study aids, encourages students to understand the concepts while mastering techniques.
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Karl Smith is professor emeritus at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. He has written over 36 mathematics textbooks and believes that students can learn mathematics if it is presented to them through the use of concrete examples designed to develop original thinking, abstraction, and problem-solving skills. Over one million students have learned mathematics from Karl Smith's textbooks.

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