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.