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Lecture: Pea Soup, Tripe and Mathematics

Book: Why Johnny Can't Add

Book: Why The Professor Can't Teach.

Important Note!

The title of this book, which seems to cast aspersions on the competence of professors, is misleading. The author submitted a dozen or so more appropriate titles but the publisher was intransigent. Obviously he wished to trade on the name of his earlier publication WHY JOHNNY CAN'T ADD, which had wide recognition.

As the author's wife and sometime secretary, I can testify that Morris Kline was keenly unhappy with the publisher's choice. This book is not an attack on professors but is rather a wide-ranging critique of undergraduate education. Indeed an appropriate, less jazzy title would have been A CRITIQUE OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION.

Helen M. Kline

Obituary: The New York Times.


Introduction to Mathematics (co-author), Houghton Mifflin Co., 1937

The Theory of Electromagnetic Waves (editor), Inter-science Publishers, 1951

Mathematics in Western Culture, Oxford University Press,1953

Mathematics and the Physical World, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1959

Mathematics, A Cultural Approach, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1962

Electromagnetic Theory and Geometrical Optics, John Wiley and Sons, 1965

Calculus, An intuitive and Physical Approach, John Wiley and Sons, 1967

Mathematics for Liberal Arts, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1967

Mathematics in the Modern World (editor), W. H. Freeman and Co., 1968

Mathematical Thought From Ancient to Modern Times, Oxford University Press, 1972

Why Johnny Can't Add: The Failure of the New Mathematics, St. Martin's Press, 1973

I am very grateful for the kind permission of Professor Kline's widow, Mrs Helen Kline to use the material on this section of my website.

Copyright Helen M. Kline & Mark Alder 2000

Version: 30 March 2018

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