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Professor David Kung, Ph.D.

Professor David Kung
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • University of Wisconsin
I’ve loved both math and music since I was a kid. I was thrilled to discover the many connections between these two passions of mine. Sharing that excitement with Great Courses customers has been incredibly gratifying.

Dr. David Kung is Professor of Mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Physics and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Kung's musical education began at an early age with violin lessons. As he progressed, he studied with one of the pioneers of the Suzuki method and attended the prestigious Interlochen music camp. While completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics, he performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Professor Kung's academic work focuses on mathematics education. Deeply concerned with providing equal opportunities for all math students, he has led efforts to establish Emerging Scholars Programs at institutions across the country. His numerous teaching awards include the Homer L. Dodge Award for Excellence in Teaching by Junior Faculty, given by St. Mary's College, and the John M. Smith Teaching Award, given by the Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Professor Kung's innovative classes, including Mathematics for Social Justice and Math, Music, and the Mind, have helped establish St. Mary's as one of the preeminent liberal arts programs in mathematics. In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Kung continues to be an active musician, playing chamber music with students and serving as the concertmaster of his community orchestra.

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"Professor Kung is enthusiastic, thoughtful and talented in both music and math. He also is very clear in his presentation. One could not imagine a person better qualified to teach this course."

16 Courses and Sets

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16 Courses and Sets

  1. How Music and Mathematics Relate

    How Music and Mathematics Relate

    David Kung
    4.6 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (134)
    Starting at £19.99 Starting at £19.99 £49.99 £19.99£49.99
    Get a new perspective on two of the greatest achievements of human culture in the 12 dazzling lectures of How Music and Mathematics Relate, taught by award-winning mathematician and musician David Kung of St. Mary's College of Maryland. Understanding the connections between music and mathematics helps you appreciate both, even if you have no special ability in either field. By exploring the mathematics of music, you...
  2. Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes

    Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes

    David Kung
    4.6 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (28)
    Starting at £39.99 Starting at £39.99 £54.99 £39.99£54.99
    Discover the timeless riddles and paradoxes that have confounded the greatest philosophical, mathematical, and scientific minds in history. Stretching your mind to try to solve a puzzle, even when the answer eludes you, can help sharpen your mind and focus—and it’s an intellectual thrill! Mind-Bending Math will have you contemplating everything from the enthralling paradox of paradoxes to the mysteries of...
  3. (Set)  How Music and Mathematics Relate & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £97.98 £64.98£97.98
  4. (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set

    (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £97.98 £64.98£97.98
  5. (Set)  How Music and Mathematics Relate & Secrets of Mental Ma Set

    (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Secrets of Mental Ma

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £46.98 Starting at £46.98 £74.98 £46.98£74.98
  6. (Set) How Music and Math Relate & Math, Phil & Real World Set

    (Set) How Music and Math Relate & Math, Phil & Real World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £78.98 Starting at £78.98 £121.98 £78.98£121.98
    Explore how math intersects with two somewhat unexpected disciplines in this illuminating two-course set. How Music and Mathematics Relate examines the connections between music and math, and helps you start to hear the world around you in exciting new ways. Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" reveals just how indebted the field of philosophy is to mathematics, and the vast influence math has had over the...
  7. (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & How Music and Mathematics Relate  Set

    (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & How Music and Mathematics Relate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £92.98 £55.98£92.98
    Explore how math can increase your success in winning popular games and puzzle and how it explains the sounds instruments make and how composers put those sounds together in this fun and intriguing course set. In The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles, you'll discover optimal ways to win games and solve puzzles with the speed and accuracy of professional players. And in How Music and Mathematics Relate, you'll...
  8. (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Great Thinkers, Great Theorems  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £97.98 £64.98£97.98
    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.
  9. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & How Music and Mathematics Relate Set

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & How Music and Mathematics Relate

    David Kung
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £97.98 £64.98£97.98
    Math aficionados, or just those who are curious about how math affects different facets of our life, will find this two-course set enthralling. First learn How Music and Mathematics Relate in a way that will help you appreciate both, even if you have no special ability in either field. Then learn how basic math principals have helped solve some of the greatest puzzles of history in Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and...
  10. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Mind-Bending Math Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Mind-Bending Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Math can be challenging, frustrating, complex, and surprisingly - as this two-course set demonstrates - fun. Learn how to look at math an entirely new way: by harnessing visualization tools to help make sense of complicated concepts with The Power of Mathematical Visualization. Then, see how you can apply the logic of math to solve the problems that plagued philosophers and great thinkers through the centuries with...
  11. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Humans have been having fun with mathematics for thousands of years. This two-course set that explores math with magic, riddles, and loads of good humor. The Joy of Math is taught by a mathematician who is literally a magician with numbers, while Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes will demonstrate how math has solved some of the greatest puzzles in history.
  12. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Set

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £97.98 £64.98£97.98
    For thousands of years, puzzles have been a rewarding aspect of human civilization. If you like mental challenges, then this two-course set is for you. The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles is a fun-filled opportunity to engage with math, strengthen your mental skills, and increase your chances to win. Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes shows you how to solve some of the most famous riddles in history.
  13. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics Set

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    To master basic math principals is to unlock the door to more advanced areas of study, and is often the first step to solving the paradoxes and puzzles that have plagued our greatest thinkers. This two-course set starts with Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics, an invaluable guide to this invaluable subject. Then apply these practices to solve provocative puzzles in Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes.
  14. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    Many of us, when faced with math problems, immediately reach for a calculator or a pen. Learning mental math tips can be helpful in situations from grocery shopping to riddle solving. This two-course set provides directions to strengthen your mental calculating skills and then teaches you how to put that newfound knowledge to work in a fun way. Explore Secrets of Mental Math and Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and...
  15. (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & How Music and Mathematics Relate Set

    (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & How Music and Mathematics Relate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £97.98 £64.98£97.98
    Take a deep dive into the world of music with this two-course set. Start by gaining a new appreciation through the instruction of a universal instrument in Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, get a thorough understanding of the relationship between music and numbers in How Music and Mathematics Relate.
  16. (Set) Music and the Brain & How Music and Mathematics Relate Set

    (Set) Music and the Brain & How Music and Mathematics Relate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £92.98 £55.98£92.98
    Learn to appreciate more fully the intricacies of music with this two-course set, providing you with a perspective on one of the greatest achievements of human culture. Music and the Brain provides a startling look at why our ability to appreciate and use music is so inherently human, while How Music and Mathematics Relate will show you how mathematics informs every step of the process of making music.
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