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Algebra the Beautiful

An Ode to Math's Least-Loved Subject

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Regular Price $40 CAD

Regular Price $32

Regular Price $40 CAD

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A mathematician reveals the hidden beauty, power, and—yes—fun of algebra  

What comes to mind when you think about algebra? For many of us, it’s memories of dull or frustrating classes in high school. Award-winning mathematics professor G. Arnell Williams is here to change that. Algebra the Beautiful is a journey into the heart of fundamental math that proves just how amazing this subject really is.  

Drawing on lessons from twenty-five years of teaching mathematics, Williams blends metaphor, history, and storytelling to uncover algebra’s hidden grandeur. Whether you’re a teacher looking to make math come alive for your students, a parent hoping to get your children engaged, a student trying to come to terms with a sometimes bewildering subject, or just a lover of mathematics, this book has something for you. With a passion that’s contagious, G. Arnell Williams shows how each of us can grasp the beauty and harmony of algebra.


Algebra the Beautiful is a rich paean within a workbook (of sorts), or possibly a workbook within a paean…. Mr. Williams articulates and affirms his goal, admittedly ‘lofty, illusory’—yet attainable, he believes: teaching algebra through fulfilling experiences and unifying ideas.”—Siobhan Roberts, Wall Street Journal
"[a] shrewd attempt to win over math averse readers . . . [Williams’] passion is worth sticking around for."—Publishers Weekly
“The book is interesting, parts are beautifully written, and the whole is quite original.”—David Mumford, Fields Medal laureate
“G. Arnell Williams has written a book that alters the way students who struggle with algebra should learn the subject. Algebra the Beautiful embraces the foundational contents of a few approachable topics that link to a further complete and deeper understanding of algebra.”—Joseph Mazur, professor emeritus, mathematics, Marlboro College, and author of Euclid in the Rainforest
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