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Street-Fighting Mathematics

Street-Fighting Mathematics

The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving

  • Author: Sanjoy Mahajan
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 0262265591
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 152
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An antidote to mathematical rigor mortis, teaching how to guess answers without needing a proof or an exact calculation. In problem solving, as in street fighting, rules are for fools: do whatever works—don't just stand there! Yet we often fear an unjustified leap even though it may land us on a correct result. Traditional mathematics teaching is largely about solving exactly stated problems exactly, yet life often hands us partly defined problems needing only moderately accurate solutions. This engaging book is an antidote to the rigor mortis brought on by too much mathematical rigor, teaching us how to guess answers without needing a proof or an exact calculation. In Street-Fighting Mathematics, Sanjoy Mahajan builds, sharpens, and demonstrates tools for educated guessing and down-and-dirty, opportunistic problem solving across diverse fields of knowledge—from mathematics to management. Mahajan describes six tools: dimensional analysis, easy cases, lumping, picture proofs, successive approximation, and reasoning by analogy. Illustrating each tool with numerous examples, he carefully separates the tool—the general principle—from the particular application so that the reader can most easily grasp the tool itself to use on problems of particular interest. Street-Fighting Mathematics grew out of a short course taught by the author at MIT for students ranging from first-year undergraduates to graduate students ready for careers in physics, mathematics, management, electrical engineering, computer science, and biology. They benefited from an approach that avoided rigor and taught them how to use mathematics to solve real problems. Street-Fighting Mathematics will appear in print and online under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Share Alike license.

Mathematics without Apologies

Mathematics without Apologies

Portrait of a Problematic Vocation

  • Author: Michael Harris
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 0691175837
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 464
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What do pure mathematicians do, and why do they do it? Looking beyond the conventional answers—for the sake of truth, beauty, and practical applications—this book offers an eclectic panorama of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians in the twenty-first century, assembling material from a startlingly diverse assortment of scholarly, journalistic, and pop culture sources. Drawing on his personal experiences and obsessions as well as the thoughts and opinions of mathematicians from Archimedes and Omar Khayyám to such contemporary giants as Alexander Grothendieck and Robert Langlands, Michael Harris reveals the charisma and romance of mathematics as well as its darker side. In this portrait of mathematics as a community united around a set of common intellectual, ethical, and existential challenges, he touches on a wide variety of questions, such as: Are mathematicians to blame for the 2008 financial crisis? How can we talk about the ideas we were born too soon to understand? And how should you react if you are asked to explain number theory at a dinner party? Disarmingly candid, relentlessly intelligent, and richly entertaining, Mathematics without Apologies takes readers on an unapologetic guided tour of the mathematical life, from the philosophy and sociology of mathematics to its reflections in film and popular music, with detours through the mathematical and mystical traditions of Russia, India, medieval Islam, the Bronx, and beyond.

Mathematics Matters in Education

Mathematics Matters in Education

Essays in Honor of Roger E. Howe

  • Author: Yeping Li,W. James Lewis,James J. Madden
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3319614347
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 303
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This book is inspired by Roger E. Howe's contributions to the international communities of mathematics and mathematics education. Renowned for his research contributions in the fields of representation theory, automorphic forms, harmonic analysis, and invariant theory, Dr. Howe has also fundamentally deepened our understanding of the mathematics taught in the early school grades and has challenged and stimulated mathematicians and mathematics educators to work together to examine this part of the mathematical universe more critically and in imaginative new ways. This volume will help summarize and highlight Howe's contributions to several topic areas in mathematics education, demonstrating the possibility and importance of engaging mathematicians in high-impact research in mathematics education, and showcasing the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration and exchange.

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016

  • Author: Mircea Pitici
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 0691175292
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 408
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The year's finest mathematics writing from around the world This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else—and you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here Burkard Polster shows how to invent your own variants of the Spot It! card game, Steven Strogatz presents young Albert Einstein's proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, Joseph Dauben and Marjorie Senechal find a treasure trove of math in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Andrew Gelman explains why much scientific research based on statistical testing is spurious. In other essays, Brian Greene discusses the evolving assumptions of the physicists who developed the mathematical underpinnings of string theory, Jorge Almeida examines the misperceptions of people who attempt to predict lottery results, and Ian Stewart offers advice to authors who aspire to write successful math books for general readers. And there's much, much more. In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a bibliography of other notable writings and an introduction by the editor, Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us—and where it is headed.

Journalese

Journalese

A Dictionary for Deciphering the News

  • Author: Paul Dickson,Robert Skole
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press
  • ISBN: 193686357X
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 192
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A comprehensive A-to-Z dictionary of journalistic buzzwords and phrases, this witty book is both a handy reference and a humorous look at the true absurdity of journalists' tired quips and cliches. With an irreverent tone, the authors present hundreds of entries, the majority of which are accompanied by real-world examples and well-phrased criticisms, on topics such as incendiary leads, double entendres, media shoptalk, teasers, hidden agendas, and tabloid-TV excesses. A go-to resource for journalists, students, and word lovers, this book is a vanguard for identifying the misled word-based methods employed by modern media outlets.

A Student's Guide to Newton's Laws of Motion

A Student's Guide to Newton's Laws of Motion

  • Author: Sanjoy Mahajan
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1108471145
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 210
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Master Newton's laws of motion, the basis of modern science and engineering, with this intuitive and accessible text.

Collected Papers

Collected Papers

  • Author: Emil Artin
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 560
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The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering

Mastering Complexity

  • Author: Sanjoy Mahajan
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 0262526549
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 408
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In this book, Sanjoy Mahajan shows us that the way to master complexity is through insight rather than precision. Precision can overwhelm us with information, whereas insight connects seemingly disparate pieces of information into a simple picture. Unlike computers, humans depend on insight. Based on the author's fifteen years of teaching at MIT, Cambridge University, and Olin College, The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering shows us how to build insight and find understanding, giving readers tools to help them solve any problem in science and engineering.To master complexity, we can organize it or discard it. The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering first teaches the tools for organizing complexity, then distinguishes the two paths for discarding complexity: with and without loss of information. Questions and problems throughout the text help readers master and apply these groups of tools. Armed with this three-part toolchest, and without complicated mathematics, readers can estimate the flight range of birds and planes and the strength of chemical bonds, understand the physics of pianos and xylophones, and explain why skies are blue and sunsets are red.The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering will appear in print and online under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Share Alike license.

Streetfighting

Streetfighting

Low-cost Advertising/promotion Strategies for Your Small Business

  • Author: Jeff Slutsky,Woody Woodruff
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • ISBN: 9780138515508
  • Category: Advertising
  • Page: 240
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Street Fighter Anniversary Collection Official Strategy Guide

Street Fighter Anniversary Collection Official Strategy Guide

  • Author: Joey Cuellar,Adam Deats
  • Publisher: Brady
  • ISBN: 9780744003949
  • Category: Games
  • Page: 204
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Street Fighter III 3rd strike soundtrack included!