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.

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"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."

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  1. Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear Sale

    Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    4 out of 5
    63% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (65)
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $34.95 $254.95 $34.95$254.95
    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....
  2. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition Sale

    Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Michael Starbird
    4.2 out of 5
    67% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (109)
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $34.95 $254.95 $34.95$254.95
    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...
  3. What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear

    What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    3.7 out of 5
    60% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (76)
    Starting at $169.95 Starting at $169.95 $199.95 $169.95$199.95
    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...
  4. Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.3 out of 5
    63% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (49)
    Starting at $254.95 Starting at $254.95 $254.95 $254.95$254.95
    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.
  5. Mathematics from the Visual World

    Mathematics from the Visual World

    Michael Starbird
    4.4 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (32)
    Starting at $254.95 Starting at $254.95 $254.95 $254.95$254.95
    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...
  6. (Set) Economics & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Economics & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    In today's data-driven global economy, it's more important than ever to understand the fundamentals of economics and statistics. Economics, 3rd Edition gives you a more sophisticated grasp of important economic concepts and issues. Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear helps you understand statistical information and the role it plays in everything from political polls to stock performances.
  7. (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...
  8. (Set) What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear  Set

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

    Michael Starbird
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    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...
  9. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning  Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Discover the accessibility of two profoundly important fields of human endeavor. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition, 2nd Edition makes the key concepts and triumphs of this calculus accessible to all nonmathematicians, while Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition strengthens your ability to argue your views successfully.
  10. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price! Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $679.80 Starting at $679.80 $799.80 $679.80$799.80
    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...
  11. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Understanding Calculus Set

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Understanding Calculus

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  12. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & Discrete Mathematics  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    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.
  13. (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,...
  14. (Set) Understanding Complexity & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Understanding Complexity & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Untangle the mystery of two fascinating branches of science and mathematics with this two-course set. First, in Understanding Complexity, discover how the study of complex systems helps us better understand the nature and behavior of financial markets, corporations, governments, and more. Then, in Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition, explore the beauty and power of this mathematical...
  15. (Set) Joy of Science & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $879.90 $499.90$879.90
    Master the profoundly important fields of calculus and science. In Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition, grasp the beauty of calculus without the technical background traditionally required in calculus courses. 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.
  16. (Set) Mathematics from the Visual World & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Mathematics from the Visual World & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Michael Starbird
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Grasp the key concepts and practical applications of geometry and calculus with this exciting and illuminating two-course set. 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. This enlightening journey will allow you to...
  17. (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
  18. (Set) Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Reintroduce yourself to the wonders of mathematics with these two courses delivered by engaging mathematicians and award-winning professors. In Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear, take an absorbing look at statistical information and the role it plays in everything from stock performances to political polls. And in The Joy of Mathematics, rediscover the joy to be found in everything from algebra and geometry...
  19. (Set) Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry & Mathematics from the Visual World  Set

    (Set) Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry & Mathematics from the Visual World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Finally make sense of the mysteries of precalculus and trigonometry, and discover the important role geometry plays in everything from algebra and calculus to cosmology and chemistry to art and architecture, in this course set that will enable you to master these profound mathematical fields. In Professor Bruce H. Edwards's Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry, you'll go through all...
  20. (Set) Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" & Mathematics from the Visual World  Set

    (Set) Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" & Mathematics from the Visual World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Embark on two dynamic explorations of how probability, statistics, and geometry have had profound implications on our world with this captivating course set. Start your journey with Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World," which reveals how, throughout history, mathematics has consistently helped determine the course of Western philosophical thought. Then, continue with a fascinating introduction to the terms,...