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Original Essays | September 18, 2014 1 comment
On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
Edward BurgerDescribe your latest project.
I am just completing my sixth book entitled Extending the Frontiers of Mathematics: Inquiries into Proof and Argumentation. It invites readers to experience the art of mathematical discovery. I am also writing and starring in a series of entertaining mathematics videos produced by Thinkwell.com. This is the seventh such video series we've produced. In addition I am the research advisor for four undergraduate students two from Williams College, one from Columbia University, and one from Harvey Mudd College. These terrific students have made some exciting mathematical breakthroughs and have discovered new theorems in number theory. Finally, I am beginning a book project on how to be a more creative and original thinker. I believe that having lots of different irons in the fire is exciting and great fun unless you get too close to the flame while wearing polyester.
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