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Professor David M. Bressoud, Ph.D.

Professor David M. Bressoud
  • Macalester College
  • Temple University
The stories of mathematics reveal it to be a creative endeavor done by real people who struggled to discover the underlying patterns of nature on which we have built our modern world.

Dr. David M. Bressoud is the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macalester College. He earned his bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Swarthmore College and his master's degree and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Temple University. Professor Bressoud is experienced in teaching mathematics to students of all levels. As a Peace Corps volunteer before earning his Ph.D., he taught mathematics and science to intermediate school students in the West Indies, and he taught Advanced Placement Calculus at State College Area High School in Pennsylvania. A former Fulbright fellow and Sloan Foundation fellow, Professor Bressoud has served as Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Mathematical Association of America's Pólya Lecturer and has received the Mathematical Association of America's Allegheny Mountain Section Distinguished Teaching Award. He is president of the Mathematical Association of America for the 2009-2011 term. He is the author of more than 50 research articles; 15 articles on mathematics education and related issues; and seven books, including four textbooks that draw on the history of mathematics, and Proof and Confirmation: The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture, which won the MAA Beckenbach Book Prize.

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"Professor Bressoud does a commendable job of leading us through the labrynthine history of mathematics, from its earliest beginnings through its flowering in the modern age. He has a very clear, compact, style of teaching, which is very conducive to the subject matter."

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9 Courses and Sets

  1. Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics

    Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics

    David M. Bressoud
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    For at least 4,000 years of recorded history, humans have engaged in the study of mathematics. Our progress in this field is a gripping narrative that describes a never-ending search for hidden patterns in numbers, a philosopher's quest for the ultimate meaning of mathematical relationships, and a chronicle of amazing progress. Embark on a supreme intellectual adventure with The Queen of the Sciences: A History of...
  2. (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics Set

    (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  3. (Set) Chaos & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Chaos & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Open up new doors of insight and intrigue that take you deep inside the world of mathematics. First, travel to the mysterious heart of chaos theory—the science of systems whose behavior is sensitive to small changes in their initial conditions—in Chaos. Then, survey the 4,000-year history of mathematics: a story filled with astonishing scientific discoveries, quests for solutions to proofs and practical...
  4. An Introduction to Number Theo Set

    An Introduction to Number Theo

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,474.70 Starting at $1,474.70 $1,474.70 $1,474.70$1,474.70
    Strengthen your appreciation of the enormous mathematical efforts that went into deciphering the secrets of our world in this accessible six-course set. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear; Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear; and What are the Chances? Probability Made Clear make the concepts and triumphs of these three mathematical fields accessible to nonmathematicians. The Joy of Thinking: The Power and...
  5. (Set) Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  6. (Set) Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers; Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics; & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers; Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics; & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $764.85 Starting at $764.85 $764.85 $764.85$764.85
  7. (Set) Queen of the Sciences & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Queen of the Sciences & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Embark on exciting intellectual adventures into the world of mathematics. In The Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics, explore more than 4,000 years of rich mathematical history and come to appreciate the enormous efforts that went into deciphering our natural world. Then, discover the amazing utility of mathematics in everything from science to engineering to finance in The Joy of Mathematics.
  8. (Set) Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Explore fascinating—and enjoyable—mathematical worlds with this two-course set taught by expert mathematicians and award-winning professors. In The Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics, discover just how gripping a narrative is the 4,000-year history of mathematics. Then, examine the bold and insightful habits of thinking that arise in the mathematical world with The Joy of Thinking: The...
  9. (Set) An Introduction to Number Theory & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) An Introduction to Number Theory & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Strengthen your appreciation of the wonders of the mathematical world with this two-course set delivered by a pair of award-winning professors. First, develop a deeper understanding of the nature and relationships between real, imaginary, algebraic, and transcendent numbers with An Introduction to Number Theory. Then, survey the fascinating 4,000-year history of mathematics—from concepts developed in ancient...