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."

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28 Courses and Sets

  1. (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...
  2. (Set) An Introduction to Number Theory & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $421.00 Starting at $61.90 $509.90 $61.90$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...
  3. (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...
  4. (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
  5. (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...
  6. (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,...
  7. (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...
  8. (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