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Professor Edward B. Burger, Ph.D.

Professor Edward B. Burger
  • Southwestern University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
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For the truly wise individual, learning never ends.

Dr. Edward B. Burger is President of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Previously, he was Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He graduated summa cum laude from Connecticut College, where he earned a B.A. with distinction in Mathematics. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Burger is the recipient of many teaching awards and accolades. He was named by Baylor University as the 2010 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching for his proven record as an extraordinary teacher and distinguished scholar. Baylor University lauded Dr. Burger as truly one of our nation's most outstanding, passionate, and creative mathematics professors. His other teaching awards include the Nelson Bushnell Prize for Scholarship and Teaching from Williams College, the Distinguished Achievement Award for Educational Video Technology from the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America. In 2006 Reader's Digest honored him in its annual 100 Best of America special issue as Best Math Teacher. Professor Burger is the author of more than 40 scholarly papers and books, including Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas, which has been translated into seven languages. He was honored with the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award for his coauthored work with Michael Starbird, The Heart of Mathematics: An invitation to effective thinking. He served for three years as mathematics advisor for the educational series NUMB3RS, produced by CBS, Paramount Studios, and Texas Instruments.

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"Dr. Burger effortlessly explains complex - indeed profound - concepts clearly and concisely. I will soon begin his advanced course on Number Theory."

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28 Courses and Sets

  1. Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Edward B. Burger
    Starting at $254.95 Starting at $254.95 $254.95 $254.95$254.95
    Numbers surround us. They mark our days, light our nights, foretell our weather, and keep us on course. They drive commerce and sustain civilization. But what are they? Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers will not only give you the full and detailed story of how and why numbers are important; it will also introduce you to their enduring mystery. Whether you struggled through algebra or you majored in mathematics,...
  2. Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $254.95 Starting at $254.95 $254.95 $254.95$254.95
    Enjoy discovering the bold and insightful habits of thinking that arise in the world of mathematics as you grasp strategies for approaching, enjoying, and understanding the world. You will come away with a new appreciation of mathematics through these thoroughly entertaining lectures, and an enhanced awareness of the richness, texture, and beauty around you each day.
  3. Introduction to Number Theory Sale

    Introduction to Number Theory

    Edward B. Burger
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $59.95 $69.95 $59.95$69.95
    Called "the queen of mathematics" by the legendary mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, number theory is one of the oldest and largest branches of pure mathematics. Practitioners of number theory delve deep into the structure and nature of numbers, and explore the remarkable, startling, and often beautiful relationships that exist among them. Gain deep insights into the complex and beautiful patterns that structure...
  4. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition; Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition; Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $764.85 Starting at $764.85 $764.85 $764.85$764.85
    Dispel the myths about math's difficulty and irrelevance to your daily life with this insightful three-course set. In Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, you learn how to grasp the power and beauty of calculus without the technical background required in traditional calculus courses. The Joy of Mathematics demonstrates the amazing utility of this exciting field in everything from science and engineering to...
  5. (Set) Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World through Experience and Reason/Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World through Experience and Reason/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
  6. (Set) Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond; What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear; Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear; & An Introduction to Number Theory  Set

    (Set) Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond; What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear; Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear; & An Introduction to Number Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $814.80 Starting at $814.80 $964.80 $814.80$964.80
  7. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear & 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
  8. (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $879.90 $879.90$879.90
    Rediscover the inherent joy of science and mathematics with this dynamic two-course set. First, in The Joy of Science, get a clear overview of the key principles underneath all of modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest marvels of genetic research. Then, delve into the equally fascinating world of mathematics with The Joy of Thinking, a course about the great mathematical ideas that arise from...
  9. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & An Introduction to Number Theory  Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & An Introduction to Number Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Explore two of the most intriguing fields in mathematics with this insightful two-course set. Start by focusing on calculus and the ways it appears around you in Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition. Then, continue on to number theory, one of the oldest and largest branches of pure mathematics, with An Introduction to Number Theory.
  10. (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
  11. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Discover the sheer joy of, and intriguing history behind, the world of mathematics. First, exercise your brain cells with The Joy of Mathematics, which reveals the amazing utility of mathematics in everything from science and engineering to finance, games of chance, and many other aspects of life. Then, explore the equally fascinating history of how numbers grew in our understanding and sparked our imagination in...
  12. (Set)  Mathematical Problem Solving & Intro to Number Theory Set

    (Set) Mathematical Problem Solving & Intro to Number Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  13. (Set) Introduction to Number Theory & Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method  Set on sale

    (Set) Introduction to Number Theory & Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $385.00 Starting at $106.90 $124.90 $106.90$124.90
    Finally make sense of number theory and differential equations and strengthen your grasp of higher mathematics with this two-course set. In An Introduction to Number Theory, delve deeper than ever before into the complete, startling, and beautiful patterns and relationships between numbers. And in Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method, embark on a visually engaging exploration of first- and...
  14. (Set) Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set

    (Set) Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Explore the fascinating history and applications of two profound mathematical fields. In Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond, learn how the scientific study of interactive, rational decision making helps us understand how and why we make both simple and complex decisions. In Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers, journey through a mosaic of mathematical concepts, ideas, and questions to...
  15. (Set) Chaos & An Introduction to Number Theory  Set

    (Set) Chaos & An Introduction to Number Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Explore two fascinating theoretical fields that have helped reshape and strengthen our understanding of both science and mathematics. In Chaos, journey to the heart of the revolutionary field of chaos theory and discover new ways to think about the world. Then, get an equally clear and effective guide to one of the oldest and largest branches of pure mathematics in An Introduction to Number Theory.
  16. (Set) Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set

    (Set) Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Discover worlds of startling beauty and insight in these two courses that take you to the heart of mathematics. In The Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas, get a firm grasp on the field's most fundamental ideas and learn how to make sense of the world through numbers, geometry, and probability. Then, decode the mysterious history of numbers in Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers,...
  17. (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...
  18. (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
  19. (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set

    (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Explore a field of mathematics that is off the beaten path but that has vital applications in computer science, cryptography, engineering, and problem solving of all types, as well as the fascinating history of numbers, in this two-course set. In Discrete Mathematics, you see the wide range of subjects in the realm of digital math. Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers takes you on an intellectual pilgrimage...
  20. (Set) Mathematics from the Visual World & An Introduction to Number Theory  Set

    (Set) Mathematics from the Visual World & An Introduction to Number Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  21. (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...
  22. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Embark on two amazing mathematical journeys. In The Joy of Mathematics, learn the amazing utility of this field in everything from science to engineering to finance. In The Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas, uncover and grasp insightful strategies for approaching, enjoying, and understanding the world around you.
  23. (Set) Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Discover fascinating new insights in this two-course set that makes mathematical concepts both intriguing and easy to grasp. First, explore the fascinating history of numbers in Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers. Then, grasp the power and beauty of calculus—without the technical background traditionally required—in Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition.
  24. (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set

    (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Embark on two dynamic forays into the heart of the mathematical world with this two-course set delivered by two engaging mathematicians and award-winning professors. First, explore the most awe-inspiring theorems in the 3,000-year history of mathematics with the 24 lectures of Great Thinkers, Great Theorems. Then, delve into the equally fascinating history of numbers in the 24 intellectually stimulating lectures of...
  25. (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & 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
    Learn new ways to think about and approach mathematics with this two-course set delivered by a pair of engaging professors. In Great Thinkers, Great Theorems, explore the most awe-inspiring theorems in the more than 3,000-year history of the field. And in The Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematics, find out how concepts such as Fibonacci numbers, Fermat's last theorem, fractals, and much more...
  26. (Set) Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument & An Introduction to Number Theory  Set

    (Set) Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument & An Introduction to Number Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    See the clarity that mathematical proofs provide in illuminating the key concepts of every branch of mathematics, and understand why number theory has a deserved reputation for being “the queen of mathematics,” in this course set by two expert mathematicians and instructors. First, in Professor Bruce H. Edwards’s Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument, you learn to do proofs yourself and,...
  27. (Set) Introduction to Number Theory & Joy of Thinking  Set

    (Set) Introduction to Number Theory & Joy of Thinking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Prepare for two amazing and unforgettable mathematical journeys. In Introduction to Number Theory, delve into the mysterious nature of and relationships between numbers. In Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas, uncover and grasp insightful strategies for approaching, enjoying, and understanding the math that surrounds you.
  28. 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...