Professor Michael Starbird, Ph.D.

Professor Michael Starbird
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
The geometrical insights that I most like are those where different ideas come together unexpectedly to reveal some sort of a relationship that was not obvious at first.

Dr. Michael Starbird is Professor of Mathematics and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has been teaching since 1974. He received his B.A. from Pomona College in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974. Professor Starbird's textbook, The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking, coauthored with Edward B. Burger, won a 2001 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award. Professors Starbird and Burger also collaborated on Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas, published in 2005. Professor Starbird has won many teaching awards, including the Mathematical Association of America's 2007 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, which is the association's most prestigious teaching award. It is awarded nationally to 3 people from its membership of 27,000. Professor Starbird is interested in bringing authentic understanding of significant ideas in mathematics to people who are not necessarily mathematically oriented. He has developed and taught an acclaimed class that presents higher-level mathematics to liberal arts students.

Testimonials

"Dr. Starbird presents difficult concepts with exceptional clarity. He holds his viewers' attention by keeping them in suspense! Like all good lecturers, he is a good actor too."

 

"Professor Starbird is a terrific lecturer and this is probably my favorite course among the ones he offers. You will examine fundamental ideas related to statistics and have a good time doing it."

 

"Professor Starbird is an outstanding teacher.  He gives practical examples.  He makes a difficult subject more enjoyable by adding humor."

64 Courses and Sets

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64 Courses and Sets

  1. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition Sale

    Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Michael Starbird
    4.2 out of 5
    68% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (98)
    Save up to $195.00 Starting at $39.95 $59.95 $39.95$59.95
    Calculus has had a notorious reputation for being difficult to understand, but the 24 lectures of Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear are crafted to make the key concepts and triumphs of this field accessible to non-mathematicians. This course teaches you how to grasp the power and beauty of calculus without the technical background traditionally required in calculus courses. Follow award-winning Professor...
  2. What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear Sale

    What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    3.6 out of 5
    58% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (72)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $19.95 $29.95 $19.95$29.95
    Learn how to understand the random factors behind almost everything—from the combinations of genes that produced you to the odds of how long you'll have to wait at a bus stop. In What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear, award-winning Professor Michael Starbird makes the secret of numbers come alive for nonmathematicians. He picks intriguing, useful, and entertaining examples to illustrate the fundamental...
  3. Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear Sale

    Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    4 out of 5
    62% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (59)
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $34.95 $49.95 $34.95$49.95
    Statistical information is truly everywhere. You can't look at a newspaper without seeing statistics on virtually every page. Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear is your introduction to a vitally important subject in today's data-driven society. In 24 half-hour lectures, which require no background in mathematics beyond basic algebra, you explore the principles and methods that underlie the study of statistics....
  4. Mathematics from the Visual World Sale

    Mathematics from the Visual World

    Michael Starbird
    4.4 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (31)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $39.95 $39.95 $39.95$39.95
    Geometry has long been recognized not only as a fascinating skill, but as a gateway to the highest realms of human thought. Mathematics from the Visual World, taught by distinguished Professor Michael Starbird, introduces you to the terms, concepts, and astonishing power of geometry, including topology, conic sections, non-Euclidian geometry, congruence, and much more. In 24 richly illustrated lectures, you discover...
  5. Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas Sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.4 out of 5
    65% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (47)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $39.95 $39.95 $39.95$39.95
    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.
  6. (Set) What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear  Set on sale

    (Set) What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    Save up to $375.00 Starting at $53.90 $79.90 $53.90$79.90
    Follow Professor Michael Starbird into the heart of two fascinating branches of mathematics. In What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear, delve into the fundamental concepts of probability and see it as a powerful tool for understanding your world. In Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition, grasp the power and beauty of calculus without the technical background traditionally required in calculus...
  7. (Set) High School Level Algebra I & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear  Set on sale

    (Set) High School Level Algebra I & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $496.00 Starting at $93.90 $133.90 $93.90$133.90
    Now your students can master two basic mathematics fields with the insights and explanations featured in these two accessible courses. First, in Algebra I, they'll learn the concepts and procedures of first-year algebra—whether they're looking to learn from the beginning or simply needing a thorough review. Then, in Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear, they'll take an absorbing look at the fundamentals of...
  8. (Set) Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond & Mathematics from the Visual World  Set on sale

    (Set) Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond & Mathematics from the Visual World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $430.00 Starting at $79.90 $79.90 $79.90$79.90
    Learn how game theory and geometry can help us better understand the world around us with this fascinating two-course set. In Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond, explore the fundamentals of game theory and discover its real-world applications in everything from corporate negotiations to foreign policy. In Mathematics from the Visual World, discover the important role geometry plays in...
  9. (Set)  Einstein's Relativity & Change and Motion: Calculus Mad Set on sale

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity & Change and Motion: Calculus Mad

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $403.00 Starting at $70.90 $106.90 $70.90$106.90
  10. (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set on sale

    (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $439.00 Starting at $70.90 $70.90 $70.90$70.90
    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...
  11. (Set) Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition  Set on sale

    (Set) Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $412.00 Starting at $66.90 $97.90 $66.90$97.90
    Make sense of two fascinating and often intimidating branches of mathematics with this engaging and insightful two-course set. First, in Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method, explore first- and second-order differential equations, nonlinear systems, dynamical systems, iterated functions, and much more. Then, in Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, learn how to finally grasp the power and beauty of...
  12. (Set) Great Ideas of Classical Physics & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear  Set on sale

    (Set) Great Ideas of Classical Physics & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $430.00 Starting at $79.90 $79.90 $79.90$79.90
    Gain a wealth of insights into the worlds of classical physics and statistics. In Great Ideas of Classical Physics, Professor Steven Pollock takes you step by step through the landmark concepts that helped make sense of gravity, light, heat, and other phenomena involved in your everyday experiences. Get an equally absorbing introduction to statistics with Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear—the perfect...
  13. (Set) Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving  & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition  Set on sale

    (Set) Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $412.00 Starting at $66.90 $97.90 $66.90$97.90
    Learn to make sense of often intimidating mathematical problems and concepts with this insightful and entertaining two-course set. The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving reveals strategies, tactics, and tools for overcoming mathematical problems at all levels of difficulty. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition is crafted to make the key concepts and triumphs of this mathematical field...
  14. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price! Set on sale

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $679.90 Starting at $70.90 $119.90 $70.90$119.90
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre; A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition; What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear; and My Favorite Universe in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and...
  15. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & Discrete Mathematics  Set on sale

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $412.00 Starting at $66.90 $97.90 $66.90$97.90
    Immerse yourself in two important mathematical fields with a pair of award-winning professors. Start by focusing on calculus and the ways it appears around you with Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition. Next, in Discrete Mathematics, explore the modern mathematical realm of discrete mathematics, which achieves fascinating results using relatively simple means, such as counting.