Professor James S. Tanton, Ph.D., Princeton University

Professor James S. Tanton
  • The Mathematical Association of America
  • Princeton University
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Our complex society demands not only mastery of quantitative skills, but also the confidence to ask new questions, to explore, wonder, flail, to rely on ones wits, and to innovate. Let's teach joyous and successful thinking.

Dr. James Tanton is the Mathematician in Residence at The Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University.
A former high school teacher at St. Mark's School in Southborough and a lifelong educator, he is the recipient of the Beckenbach Book Prize from the MAA, the George Howell Kidder Faculty Prize from St. Mark's School, and a Raytheon Math Hero Award for excellence in math teaching.
Professor Tanton is the author of a number of books on mathematics including Solve This: Math Activities for Students and Clubs, The Encyclopedia of Mathematics, and Mathematics Galore!
Professor Tanton founded the St. Mark’s Institute of Mathematics, an outreach program promoting joyful and effective mathematics education. He also conducts the professional development program for Math for America in Washington, D.C.

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  1. The Power of Mathematical Visualization Sale

    The Power of Mathematical Visualization

    James S. Tanton
    4.7 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to $230.00 Starting at $49.95 $299.95 $49.95$299.95
    World-renowned math educator Dr. James Tanton shows you how to think visually in mathematics, solving problems in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and other fields with the help of imaginative graphics that he designed. Also featured are his fun do-it-yourself projects using poker chips, marbles, strips of paper, and other props, designed to give you many eureka moments of mathematical insight.
  2. Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery

    Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery

    James S. Tanton
    4.4 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (55)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $429.95 $349.95$429.95
    Inscribed over the entrance of Plato’s Academy were the words, “Let no one ignorant of geometry enter my doors.” To ancient scholars, geometry was the gateway to knowledge. Its core skills of logic and reasoning are essential to success in school, work, and many other aspects of life. Yet sometimes students, even if they have done well in other math courses, can find geometry a challenge. Now, in the 36...
  3. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Geometry Set on sale

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Geometry

    James S. Tanton
    Save up to $592.00 Starting at $93.90 $729.90 $93.90$729.90
    The secret to unlocking the mysteries of math can be found with this illuminating two-course set. Start by learning to think visually about mathematics, solving problems with the help of imaginative graphics in The Power of Mathematical Visualization. Then examine how geometry teaches us how to think with Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery.
  4. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Learn to appreciate the complicated beauty of math with this two-course set. Start with The Power of Mathematical Visualization to discover the fascinating science of visualizing math. Then, learn how everything in math is connected with tricks so simple, they’re almost magic in Joy of Mathematics.
  5. (Set) Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery & High School Level Algebra I  Set

    (Set) Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery & High School Level Algebra I

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $859.90 $699.90$859.90
    Get an essential primer on the core subjects of geometry and algebra in this fundamental course set that opens the door to higher math. In Professor James Tanton's Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery, students learn how to draw inferences from established ideas to build a line of reasoning, rather than start with the result and work backward. And in Professor James Sellers' Algebra I, students learn or...
  6. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Get an in-depth understanding of why rules and methods in math work with this two-course set. Start by taking a new look at math through a visual lens with The Power of Mathematical Visualization. Then learn how to make the key concepts and triumphs of calculus accessible with Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition.
  7. (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 $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    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...
  8. (Set) Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery & Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery & Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    Get an essential primer on the fundamentals of geometry, prealgebra, and arithmetic in this course set that is suitable for students, their parents, and other adults who want a refresher in math. In Professor James Tanton's Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery, students learn how to draw inferences from established ideas to build a line of reasoning, rather than start with the result and work backward. And in...
  9. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Mathematical Decision Making Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Mathematical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    See the world of math in whole new way with this surprising two-course set. The Power of Mathematical Visualization will prove that you are much better at math than you ever imagined by teaching you to perceive math in a whole new way. Then, discover how to make math work for you with Mathematical Decision Making: Predictive Models and Optimization, teaching you the mathematical techniques for analytics.
  10. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & The Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & The Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $529.90 $399.90$529.90
    No matter how you feel about math, this two-course set will give you a new way to view—and appreciate—this fascinating subject. The Power of Mathematical Visualization teaches you how to approach math visually, to solve problems in a whole new way. The Secrets of Mental Math guides you through all the essential skills, tips, and tricks for improving your ability to solve a range of mathematical problems right in...