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Out of the labyrinth : setting mathematics free

Author: Robert Kaplan; Ellen Kaplan
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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Who hasn't feared the math Minotaur in its labyrinth of abstractions? Now, in Out of the Labyrinth, Robert and Ellen Kaplan--the founders of The Math Circle, the popular learning program begun at Harvard in 1994--reveal the secrets behind their highly successful approach, leading readers out of the labyrinth and into the joyous embrace of mathematics. Written with the same wit and clarity that made Robert Kaplan's  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Kaplan; Ellen Kaplan
ISBN: 9780195147445 0195147448 9780195368529 0195368525
OCLC Number: 70176868
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A glimpse inside --
Cod liver oil --
The myth of talent --
Making your hats --
The Great Barrier Reef --
How math has been taught --
How mathematicians actually work --
The math circle --
Filling in the details.
Responsibility: Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan ; illustrations by Ellen Kaplan.
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Who hasn't feared the math Minotaur in its labyrinth of abstractions? Now, in Out of the Labyrinth, Robert and Ellen Kaplan--the founders of The Math Circle, the popular learning program begun at Harvard in 1994--reveal the secrets behind their highly successful approach, leading readers out of the labyrinth and into the joyous embrace of mathematics. Written with the same wit and clarity that made Robert Kaplan's The Nothing That Is an international best seller, Out of the Labyrinth offers an engaging and practical guide for parents and educators, and is a delight for anyone interested in sharing the pleasures of mathematics. The Kaplans argue that math should be taught as the highest form of intellectual play, an endeavor to be explored and enjoyed by children (or adults) of any age. In their revolutionary view, talent is a myth: students relish accessible mysteries and their understanding blossoms in pursuing them. Out of the Labyrinth will let students, parents, teachers--anyone--wrestle with the angles of math and delight in the revelations.

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