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The Calculus Diaries by
Publication Date: 2010-08-31
Kiss My Math meets A Tour of the Calculus Jennifer Ouellette never took math in college, mostly because she-like most people-assumed that she wouldn't need it in real life. But then the English-major-turned-award-winning-science-writer had a change of heart and decided to revisit the equations and formulas that had haunted her for years. The Calculus Diaries is the fun and fascinating account of her year spent confronting her math phobia head on. With wit and verve, Ouellette shows how she learned to apply calculus to everything from gas mileage to dieting, from the rides at Disneyland to shooting craps in Vegas-proving that even the mathematically challenged can learn the fundamentals of the universal language.
Teaching the Female Brain by
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Abigail James has made an extensive study of cognitive gender differences and examined how that knowledge can best be applied to practices in teaching boys and girls. In this work, she examines how girls' unique sensory, physical, cognitive, and emotional systems affect their performance in the classroom, and provides specific suggestions for how teachers can use that information to benefit girls either in single-sex or co-ed settings. In particular, the book focuses on math and science instruction, since women are under-represented in these courses at the university level and in related fields, despite current incentives for female students to select math, science, or engineering majors. A large part of the problem, it seems, is that math and science classes are simply not taught in ways that complement the female brain. James shows teachers how to incorporate research-based findings and adapt classroom experiences to assist girls' learning, within the best standards of classroom instruction.
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
What happens when a strange new illness affects many people all at once? Epidemiologists - the disease detectives - are called in to investigate the situation. the recent outbreaks of West Nile Virus, avian flu, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) have presented unique challenges to epidemiologists. In all-new sections, this updated edition reveals the efforts involved in identifying and containing the spread of these life-threatening diseases. Also included is the latest information on HIV/AIDS, as well as a special section about the difficulties involved in dealing with deliberate acts of bioterrorism, such as anthrax attacks. Outbreak takes a look at epidemics and pandemics that have plagued people throughout history, and the men and women responsible for battling them.