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Math and Science Without Tears: Mathematics/Statistics

Teaching and learning math and science through sports, movies, comics, art, and more.

Cool Web Sites

Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorum. Check this and similar sites out on UTube.


Math Sleuths: How the Great Math Problems Were Solved

Stewart, Ian. Visions of Infinity: The Great Mathematical Problems. QA93 S745 2013.
Entertaniing accounts of problems from pi to Fermat's last theorem, and more.

Math and Statistics for Everyday Life

Adams, Colin. Zombies & Calculus. PS3601 D3698 Z34 2014.

Albert, Jim. Teaching Statistics Using Baseball. QA276.18 A44 2003.

Bellos, Alex. The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life. QA99 B195 2014.

Bennett, Jeffrey. Math for Life: Crucial Ideas You Didn't Learn in School. QA93 B444 2012.

Brunsell, Eric, and Michelle A. Fleming. Engaging Minds in Science and Math Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy. LB1585 B73 2014.

Chartier, Timothy P. Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing. QA93 C47 2014

Cheng, Eugenia. How to Bake [Pi]: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics. Also in paper, QA9 G4862 2015.

Clegg, Brian. Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World. QA93 C627 2016.

Clegg,Brian. Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe. 2013.

Devlin, Keith J. Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning. QA135.6 D53 2011.

Dormehl, Luke. The Formula: How Algorighms Solve All Our Problems...and Create More. QA9.58 D57 2014.

Ellenbert, Jordan. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking. QA99 E45 2014. This is fascinating!

Erickson, Martin.Beautiful Mathematics. 2011.

Fernandez, Oscar E. Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All Around Us. QA303.2 F47 2014.

Frederickson, Greg N. Piano-Hinged Dissections: Time to Fold! QA95 F693 2006. includes a cd-rom.

Gallian, Joseph A., ed. Mathematics and Sports. GV706.8 M358 2010.

Gardner, Martin. Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments. QA95 G325 1988.

Gould, Ronald. Mathematics in Games, Sports, and Gambling: The Games People Play. QA401 G658 2010.

Herrmann, Norbert. The Beauty of Everyday Mathematics. QA43 H47 2012.

How Change Happens: Breaking the "Teach as You Were Taught" Cycle in Science and Math. Streaming video of innovative teaching techniques used at Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts.

Jarman, Kristin H. The Art of Data Analysis: How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic Statistics. QA276.12 J35 2013.

Johnson, Donovan A. Paper Folding for the Mathematics Class. QA95 J63 1957.

Khare, Apoorva, and Anna Lachowska. Beautiful, Simple, Exact, Crazy: Mathematics in the Real World. QA11.2 K53 2015.

Kucharski, Adam. The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling. QA271 K83 2015.

Levy, Joel. All the Right Angles; From Gear Ratios to Calculating Odds: Mathematics in the World of Sports. GV706.8 L49 2013.

Minton, Roland. Golf By the Numbers: How Stats, Math, and Physics Affect Your Game. GV965 M478 2012.

O'Shea, Owen. The Call of the Primes: Surprising Patterns, Peculiar Puzzles, and Other Marvels of Mathematics. QA95 O27 2016.

Parker, Matt. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More. QA93 P375 2014.

Pask, Colin. Math for the Frightened: Facing Scary Symbols and Everything Else That Freaks You Out About Mathematics. QA41 P37 2011.

Polster, Burkard, and Marty Ross. Math Goes to the Movies. PN1995.9 M395 P65 2012.

Posamentier, Alfred, and Ingmar Lehmann. Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics. QA99 P664 2013.

Potter, Lawrence. Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday Life. QA93 P68 2012.

Povey, Thomas. Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems: Pre-University Physics and Maths Puzzles with Solutions. QA43 P68 2015.

Rosenhouse, Jason. Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math Behind the World's Most Popular Pencil Puzzle. GV1507 S83 R67 2011.

Rothman, Stanley. Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball. QA276 R685 2012.

Runquist, Willie. Baseball by the Numbers: How Statistics Are Collected, What They Mean, and How They Reveal the Game. GV877 R86 1995.

Sadovskii, Leonid Efimovich, and A. L. Sadovskii. Mathematics and Sports. GV706.8 S2313 1993.

Sklar, Jessica K., and Elizabeth S. Sklar. Mathematics in Popular Culture: Essays on Appearances in Film, Fiction, Games, Television and Other Media. PM96 M395 M38 2012.

Srogatz, Steven H. The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity. QA93 S77 2012.

Stewart, Ian. Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe. QB981 S74 2016.

Stewart. Ian. Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures. QA99 S85 2010. Similar titles by Stewart include Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries (on order) and Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, also available in another e-version.

Vickers, Andrew. What Is a P-Value Anyway? 34 Stories to Help You Actually Understand Statistics. QA276.12 V53 2010.

Wallis, W. D. Mathematics inthe Real World. QA39.3 W363 2013. Very useful in a one semester course for non-math majors.

Winston, Wayne L. Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football. GV706.8 W56 2009.

Worth, Fred. College Mathematics through Baseball. QA135.6 W667 2015.

Ziegler, Gunter M. Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics. QA99 Z5413 2014.
Entertaining and educational look at math through people and places. You'll find the answer to the question "can chickens compute?" and other topics.