Professor Michael Starbird, Ph.D.

Professor Michael Starbird
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
The geometrical insights that I most like are those where different ideas come together unexpectedly to reveal some sort of a relationship that was not obvious at first.

Dr. Michael Starbird is Professor of Mathematics and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has been teaching since 1974. He received his B.A. from Pomona College in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974. Professor Starbird's textbook, The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking, coauthored with Edward B. Burger, won a 2001 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award. Professors Starbird and Burger also collaborated on Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas, published in 2005. Professor Starbird has won many teaching awards, including the Mathematical Association of America's 2007 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, which is the association's most prestigious teaching award. It is awarded nationally to 3 people from its membership of 27,000. Professor Starbird is interested in bringing authentic understanding of significant ideas in mathematics to people who are not necessarily mathematically oriented. He has developed and taught an acclaimed class that presents higher-level mathematics to liberal arts students.

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"Dr. Starbird presents difficult concepts with exceptional clarity. He holds his viewers' attention by keeping them in suspense! Like all good lecturers, he is a good actor too."

 

"Professor Starbird is a terrific lecturer and this is probably my favorite course among the ones he offers. You will examine fundamental ideas related to statistics and have a good time doing it."

 

"Professor Starbird is an outstanding teacher.  He gives practical examples.  He makes a difficult subject more enjoyable by adding humor."

63 Courses and Sets

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63 Courses and Sets

  1. Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    4 out of 5
    62% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (64)
    Starting at £39.99 Starting at £39.99 £54.99 £39.99£54.99
    Statistical information is truly everywhere. You can't look at a newspaper without seeing statistics on virtually every page. Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear is your introduction to a vitally important subject in today's data-driven society. In 24 half-hour lectures, which require no background in mathematics beyond basic algebra, you explore the principles and methods that underlie the study of statistics....
  2. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Michael Starbird
    4.2 out of 5
    68% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (103)
    Starting at £39.99 Starting at £39.99 £54.99 £39.99£54.99
    Calculus has had a notorious reputation for being difficult to understand, but the 24 lectures of Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear are crafted to make the key concepts and triumphs of this field accessible to non-mathematicians. This course teaches you how to grasp the power and beauty of calculus without the technical background traditionally required in calculus courses. Follow award-winning Professor...
  3. Mathematics from the Visual World

    Mathematics from the Visual World

    Michael Starbird
    4.4 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (31)
    Starting at £54.99 Starting at £54.99 £54.99 £54.99£54.99
    Geometry has long been recognized not only as a fascinating skill, but as a gateway to the highest realms of human thought. Mathematics from the Visual World, taught by distinguished Professor Michael Starbird, introduces you to the terms, concepts, and astonishing power of geometry, including topology, conic sections, non-Euclidian geometry, congruence, and much more. In 24 richly illustrated lectures, you discover...
  4. Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.3 out of 5
    63% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (49)
    Starting at £54.99 Starting at £54.99 £54.99 £54.99£54.99
    Enjoy discovering the bold and insightful habits of thinking that arise in the world of mathematics as you grasp strategies for approaching, enjoying, and understanding the world. You will come away with a new appreciation of mathematics through these thoroughly entertaining lectures, and an enhanced awareness of the richness, texture, and beauty around you each day.
  5. What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear

    What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    3.7 out of 5
    60% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (75)
    Starting at £19.99 Starting at £19.99 £29.99 £19.99£29.99
    Learn how to understand the random factors behind almost everything—from the combinations of genes that produced you to the odds of how long you'll have to wait at a bus stop. In What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear, award-winning Professor Michael Starbird makes the secret of numbers come alive for nonmathematicians. He picks intriguing, useful, and entertaining examples to illustrate the fundamental...
  6. (Set) Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas & Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £102.98 £102.98£102.98
  7. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear;  What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear; & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear; What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear; & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    Starting at £92.98 Starting at £92.98 £130.98 £92.98£130.98
    Learn how to understand three surprisingly accessible branches of mathematics in this comprehensive three-course set taught by award-winning Professor Michael Starbird. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear is crafted to make the key concepts and triumphs of this mathematical field accessible to nonmathematicians. What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear delves into the fundamental concepts of probability....
  8. (Set) Art of Critical Decision Making & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Art of Critical Decision Making & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Master the skills of making decisions and deciphering the meaning behind statistical information with this two-course set. Start with The Art of Critical Decision Making, which explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective choices. Then continue with Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear, your absorbing introduction to understanding statistical information and the role it plays in everything...
  9. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £102.98 £102.98£102.98
    Embark on two amazing mathematical journeys. In The Joy of Mathematics, learn the amazing utility of this field in everything from science to engineering to finance. In The Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas, uncover and grasp insightful strategies for approaching, enjoying, and understanding the world around you.
  10. (Set) Shape of Nature & Mathematics from the Visual World  Set

    (Set) Shape of Nature & Mathematics from the Visual World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £125.98 Starting at £125.98 £125.98 £125.98£125.98
    Investigate how mathematicians uncover new secrets about the visual world with this illuminating course set. The Shape of Nature is a visually stunning and authoritative guide to the mathematical shapes around you: how they're formed and studied, and how they relate to your life. And Mathematics from the Visual World is an equally fascinating introduction to the terms, concepts, and applications of geometry.
  11. (Set) Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World through Experience and Reason/Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World through Experience and Reason/Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £102.98 £102.98£102.98
  12. (Set) Great Ideas of Classical Physics & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Classical Physics & Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £102.98 £102.98£102.98
    Gain a wealth of insights into the worlds of classical physics and statistics. In Great Ideas of Classical Physics, Professor Steven Pollock takes you step by step through the landmark concepts that helped make sense of gravity, light, heat, and other phenomena involved in your everyday experiences. Get an equally absorbing introduction to statistics with Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear—the perfect...
  13. (Set) Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Make sense of two fascinating and often intimidating branches of mathematics with this engaging and insightful two-course set. First, in Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method, explore first- and second-order differential equations, nonlinear systems, dynamical systems, iterated functions, and much more. Then, in Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, learn how to finally grasp the power and beauty of...
  14. (Set) Prime Thinking Skills  Set

    (Set) Prime Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £293.98 Starting at £293.98 £410.98 £293.98£410.98
    In today's 21st-century marketplace, it pays to be an effective critical thinker; to have the specific knowledge and skills necessary for success in both the workplace and at home. With these Great Courses, you'll find information and strategies aimed at transforming you into a prime thinker. Make smarter, savvier decisions. Hone your reading and interpretation skills. Tap into the secret knowledge of how experts...
  15. (Set) Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry & Mathematics from the Visual World  Set

    (Set) Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry & Mathematics from the Visual World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £125.98 Starting at £125.98 £125.98 £125.98£125.98
    Finally make sense of the mysteries of precalculus and trigonometry, and discover the important role geometry plays in everything from algebra and calculus to cosmology and chemistry to art and architecture, in this course set that will enable you to master these profound mathematical fields. In Professor Bruce H. Edwards's Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry, you'll go through all...
  16. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear & Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear & Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World"

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
  17. (Set) Introduction to Number Theory & Joy of Thinking  Set

    (Set) Introduction to Number Theory & Joy of Thinking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £102.98 £102.98£102.98
    Prepare for two amazing and unforgettable mathematical journeys. In Introduction to Number Theory, delve into the mysterious nature of and relationships between numbers. In Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas, uncover and grasp insightful strategies for approaching, enjoying, and understanding the math that surrounds you.
  18. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond  Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Make sense of two intriguing and often intimidating areas of mathematics and science with these two engaging courses. Learn how to grasp the power and beauty of calculus without the technical background traditionally required in calculus courses with Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition. And learn how the scientific study of rational decision making provides insights into economics, politics, and more...
  19. An Introduction to Number Theo Set

    An Introduction to Number Theo

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £284.98 Starting at £284.98 £284.98 £284.98£284.98
    Strengthen your appreciation of the enormous mathematical efforts that went into deciphering the secrets of our world in this accessible six-course set. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear; Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear; and What are the Chances? Probability Made Clear make the concepts and triumphs of these three mathematical fields accessible to nonmathematicians. The Joy of Thinking: The Power and...
  20. (Set) Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear

    Michael Starbird
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Statistics and calculus—two great mathematical fields that you can finally grasp. In Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear, sharpen your understanding of statistical concepts and how they can extract meaning from data. In Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition, learn how everything that changes over time can be understood with the insights provided by calculus.