Professor Edward B. Burger, Ph.D.

Professor Edward B. Burger
  • Southwestern University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
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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."

28 Courses and Sets

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28 Courses and Sets

  1. (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...
  2. (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
  3. (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
  4. (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
  5. (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...
  6. (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.
  7. (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
  8. (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...