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Professor Edward B. Burger

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.


"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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3 Courses

  1. Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas Sale

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

    Edward B. Burger
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $69.95 $69.95 $69.95$69.95
    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.
  2. Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers Sale

    Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Edward B. Burger
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $49.95 $49.95 $49.95$49.95
    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,...
  3. Introduction to Number Theory Sale

    Introduction to Number Theory

    Edward B. Burger
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    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...