Flummoxed by formulas? Queasy about equations? Perturbed by π? Now you can stop cursing over calculus and start cackling over Math
, another volume in Bill Robertson
's accurate but amusing Stop Faking It! bestsellers.
sees it, too many people view mathematics as a set of rules to be followed, procedures to memorize, and theorems to apply. This book focuses on the reasoning behind the rules, from math basics all the way up to a brief introduction to calculus.
Among the questions it covers: Why do you "carry" numbers when adding? Why do you need a common denominator when adding fractions? (Robertson
says you don't, by the way!) Where does the number π come from? And who in the heck invented those strange formulas for area and volume, such as πr2
Like the other six titles in this award-winning NSTA Press series, Math
provides clear explanations, irreverent illustrations, and easy-to-follow activities. But Robertson
spares you problem sets to do or tests to take. That's because Math
is not so much a book that helps you do math as it is a guide to understanding it conceptually.
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