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Topic: Specialized Book Recommendation
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Ronald A Ward

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Specialized Book Recommendation
Posted: Jun 1, 1995 7:13 PM
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Yesterday, I sent the recommendation below to Hoong-Chien Lee of Taiwan,
in response to his request (also appended). I suspect that many
subscribers to this nctm list might have a better feeling for an
appropriate book than those on the MAW list to which his request was
posted. So, if you know of a favorite book for a ninth or tenth grader
as described by him, I'm sure he would be happy to receive your suggestions.


Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 31 May 1995 12:08:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ronald A Ward <>
To: Hoong-Chien Lee <>
Subject: Re: math book

Dear Paul,
For a ninth grader, I would recommend "Mathematics A Human
Endeavor" by Harold Jacobs, Third Edition, published in 1994 by W.H
Freeman & Company, New York. The topics are presented in a way
that requires minimal mathematical background and maturity;however, they
are very interesting and make it possible for a student to both gain an
appreciation of the art of mathematics and want to learn more about the
subject. I recommend this book without reservation.

Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225

On Wed, 31 May 1995, Hoong-Chien Lee wrote:

> Dear Professor Ward:
> I got your address from your distributed MAW message on "posters on
> symmetry".
> A grade 9 student has asked me to recommend "a good math book. Not a
> text book but a teaching book. One that thoroughly explains the concepts...
> my teacher...has it stuck in his head that every child is born with an
> absolute love for math - he doesn't see that we students are starting at
> square one."
> I suspect there are lots of such books in print, but i do not know any.
> Could you kindly list a few of the best? Many thanks.
> Sincerely yours,
> Paul HC Lee/Phyiscs/National Chung Hsing U/Taiwan
> 95/05/31

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