Professor William Dunham, Ph.D.

Professor William Dunham
  • Muhlenberg College
  • The Ohio State University
Mathematics is perhaps the most useful of subjects, but my interests are not utilitarian. Rather, I look to the great landmarks from the history of mathematics and present them as creative achievements that are a joy to behold.
Dr. William Dunham is the Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from The Ohio State University. Before his current appointment at Muhlenberg, Dr. Dunham taught at Hanover College in Indiana, receiving teaching awards from both institutions as well as the Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching from the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Section of the Mathematical Association of America. He was a Visiting Professor at Ohio State and at Harvard University, where he was invited to teach an undergraduate course on the work of Leonhard Euler and to deliver the Clay Public Lecture in 2008. Dr. Dunham's great theorems approach to teaching mathematics was fostered by a 1983 summer grant from the Lilly Endowment, which also led to his first book, Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics-a Book-of-the-Month Club selection that has been translated into five languages. Other books followed in addition to articles on mathematics and its history, earning him numerous awards from the Mathematical Association of America and other organizations. He has presented popular talks on mathematics throughout the United States and has appeared on the BBC and NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.
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  1. Great Thinkers, Great Theorems Sale

    Great Thinkers, Great Theorems

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    Explore the most awe-inspiring theorems in the 3,000-year history of mathematics with the 24 lectures of Great Thinkers, Great Theorems. Professor William Dunham, an award-winning teacher with a talent for conveying the essence of mathematical ideas, reveals how great minds like Pythagoras, Newton, and Euler crafted theorems that would revolutionize our understanding of the world. Approaching great theorems the way...
  2. (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Mathematics Set on sale

    (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Mathematics

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    (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Great Thinkers, Great Theorems

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    Open your mind to new levels of mathematics appreciation with this intriguing course duo. How Music and Mathematics Relate gives you a new perspective on two of the greatest achievements of human culture, while Great Thinkers, Great Theorems reveals how great minds like Pythagoras, Newton, and Euler crafted theorems that would revolutionize our understanding of the world.
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    (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

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    Embark on two dynamic forays into the heart of the mathematical world with this two-course set delivered by two engaging mathematicians and award-winning professors. First, explore the most awe-inspiring theorems in the 3,000-year history of mathematics with the 24 lectures of Great Thinkers, Great Theorems. Then, delve into the equally fascinating history of numbers in the 24 intellectually stimulating lectures of...
  5. (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set on sale

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    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...
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    (Set) Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument & Great Thinkers, Great Theorems

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    Open your mind to new levels of math appreciation with this intriguing two-course set. Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument introduces those at a high-school level of proficiency and above to the thrilling discipline of solving proofs. Then, Great Thinkers, Great Theorems reveals how brilliant minds like Pythagoras, Newton, and Euler crafted theorems that would revolutionize our understanding of the world.