How To Free Your Inner Mathematician: Notes on Mathematics and Life


By Susan D'Agostino


Oxford University Press, March 2020

How to Free Your Inner Mathematician: Notes on Mathematics and Life offers readers guidance in managing the fear, freedom, frustration, and joy that often accompany calls to think mathematically. With practical insight and years of award-winning mathematics teaching experience, D’Agostino offers more than 300 hand-drawn sketches alongside accessible descriptions of fractals, symmetry, fuzzy logic, knot theory, Penrose patterns, infinity, the Twin Prime Conjecture, Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, Fermat’s Last Theorem, and other intriguing mathematical topics. Readers are encouraged to embrace change, proceed at their own pace, mix up their routines, resist comparison, have faith, fail more often, look for beauty, exercise their imaginations, and define success for themselves. Mathematics students and enthusiasts will learn advice for fostering courage on their journey regardless of age or mathematical background. How to Free Your Inner Mathematician delivers not only engaging mathematical content but provides reassurance that mathematical success has more to do with curiosity and drive than innate aptitude.

A Celebration of the EDGE Program's Impact on the Mathematics Community and Beyond

Susan D'Agostino, Editor-in-Chief

Springer's Association for Women in Mathematics Series 


The EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) began twenty years ago to provide support for women entering doctoral programs in the mathematical sciences. The refereed papers in A Celebration of the EDGE Program’s Impact on the Mathematics Community and Beyond include first-person narratives, pedagogical studies, and current mathematics research. All papers are written by current and former EDGE participants, mentors, instructors, directors, and others connected to EDGE. Together, these papers offer compelling testimony that EDGE has produced a diverse new generation of leaders in the mathematics community. This volume of technical and non-technical works is intended for a far-reaching audience, including mathematicians, mathematics teachers, diversity officers, university administrators, government employees working on educational and science policy, and mathematics students at the high school, college, and graduate levels. By highlighting the scope of the work done by EDGE community members, the volume offers strong evidence of the American Mathematical Society’s recognition that EDGE is a “Program that Makes a Difference.”