Thursday, July 07, 2011

Math books for pleasure reading, what an idea!

‘Math literacy’ or numeracy is improved by reading books about mathematics just as literacy is improved by reading any kind of book. Dislike and discomfort with the subject are common motives to ignore math as soon as possible. However, books about numbers don’t have to be unpleasant. See the display case at the library entrance for many examples of interesting books about mathematics and science, available for you to check out, that can show you new ways of looking at the world we live in and about numbers.

The International Rankings Report released in Dec. 2010 “show the United States is merely an average performer” when tested for math and science knowledge compared to other countries around the world. Development of math literacy for each college student is an important part of preparing to compete in the global market place.

Robert P. Moses is excited about mathematics education and understands the connection between mathematical skills and financial success. See his book Radical Equations: Organizing Math Literacy in America's Schools in which he argues that “math literacy is a civil right.” The book is available to you as an ebook or can be checked out from the Al Harris Library.