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A Mathematician's Lament


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Keith Devlin ("The Math Guy on NPR's Weekend Edition) will write the foreword. We will seek endorsements from the major popular math authors, Ivars Peterson, Martin Gardner, Ian Stewart among them. The original essay has already gotten enormous response since Keith Devlin posted it on his column on the Mathematical Association of America site. It's controversial--and controversy sells books! But even those who are critical take Lockhart seriously. His passion and commitment to his subject are impressive and sincere. And his skills as a teacher are well known by the parents and students at St. Ann's, one of NYC's most prestigious progressive private schools. Popular mathematics is a strong category and because of its polemical approach this book will surely get attention. This is further demonstrated by journalists dedicated to covering math at Wall Street Journal, Science, Science News, Washington Post, New York Times, and others whom we will be contacting about the book. RTLR Ad Will market to members lists of Math Associations.

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Paul Lockhart became interested in mathematics when he was 14 (outside the classroom, he points out). He dropped out of college after one semester to devote himself exclusively to math. Based on his own research he was admitted to Columbia, received a PhD, and has taught at major universities. Since 2000 he has dedicated himself to "subversively" teaching grade-school math.


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