A Mathematician's LamentBook - 2009
“One of the best critiques of current mathematics education I have ever seen.”—Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR’s Morning Edition
A brilliant research mathematician who has devoted his career to teaching kids reveals math to be creative and beautiful and rejects standard anxiety-producing teaching methods. Witty and accessible, Paul Lockhart’s controversial approach will provoke spirited debate among educators and parents alike and it will alter the way we think about math forever.
Paul Lockhart, has taught mathematics at Brown University and UC Santa Cruz. Since 2000, he has dedicated himself to K-12 level students at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York.
In this manifesto Lockhart explains that mathematics is in fact an art and that by reducing it to a set of facts and procedures to be memorized modern education methods have left nothing but a boring shell; comparable to studying music only with notation and theory, or painting through color swatches and paint-by-numbers. He contends that most students have only experienced math with the depth, beauty, imagination, and history removed and suggests we approach the subject from a playful, intuitive and aesthetic angle. Very well written, this book will be of equal interest to teachers, students, parents, mathematicians and general readers. Lockhart has taught mathematics at Brown U and UC Santa Cruz and currently teaches K-12 students in New York. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)