About the book
A MATHEMATICAL VIEW OF OUR WORLD helps students understand and harness the power of mathematics in their present studies and future careers. Designed for a liberal arts mathematics course that has a strong focus on applications, this student-friendly textbook helps students see the beauty and power of mathematics as it is applied to the world around them. Recognizing that quantitative literacy is essential in an increasing number of professional fields as well as in the daily decision-making and communication of informed citizens, the book develops students' mathematical self-confidence and prepares them to use mathematics in the future. In writing the book, the authors endeavored to be faithful to the recommendations of such professional mathematics associations as the MAA, AMATYC, and NCTM. Overall, students will recognize the connections, patterns, and significance of the mathematics they study, and see that mathematics has a meaningful place in their lives.
About the author
Harold Parks is Professor of Mathematics at Oregon State University. Dr. Parks won the 23-24 University Honors College Outstanding Professor award from the Honors College at Oregon State University. He is the coauthor of four books: "A Primer of Real Analytic Functions" (Birkhauser first edition, 1992 second edition, 22), "The Implicit Function Theorem: History, Theory, and Applications" (Birkhauser, 22), "Mathematics in Life, Society, and the World" (Prentice Hall first edition, 1997 second edition, 2), and "The Geometry of Domains in Space" (Birkhauser, 1999). Harold has published over 25 papers in many journals, including AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL MONTHLY, JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, SOCIETY FOR INDUSTRIAL AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS JOURNAL ON SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING, JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING, CANADIAN JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICS, and AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY.