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Mathematician's Delight (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – October 19, 2007
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Contrary to some other reviews, Sawyer's prose was NOT dull or dry. We have to keep in mind the fact that *Mathematician's Delight* was written for an audience in the 1940's to 1950's Britain and Canada. Obviously, the style and tone won't be consistent with the way that we 21st century Americans are used to. But even giving him that benefit of the doubt, Sawyer's prose is always lively, entertaining, and full of insights into his chosen subject of mathematics as well as insight into why many people struggle with aspects of that subject.
I definitely agree with the positive aspects of the other reviews. This indeed is an excellent book to take you from the basics of algebra all the way up to and beyond calculus. I sincerely hope that someone brings this book back in print.
This is the best book I have ever read!
I am not an educator, nor am I a mathematician, but there is not a sentence in this book that hasn't found its way into my personal philosophy of learning and education. I first read this book when I was in college, not as part of a course, but to "read around the subject" to paraphrase W.W. Sawyer. This was over 20 years ago, and recently I was reading through this book again and was astonished at how much of his advice and ideas had become part of who I am.
Just some fragments of his ideas:
1.) First study books that contain material you know 90% of, and then learn the remaining 10%.
2.) Read around a subject
3.) To learn a language, start with little children's books in that language.
4.) To learn to draw, sit on a bus and draw everything you see.
5.) Learn by doing.
6.) Develop an interest in the subject you want to learn.
And there are countless others. These sound obvious, and I am certainly not doing him justice. Read for yourself and you will be amazed at how all of this is woven into an inspiring and easy to read book that, by the way, contains some discussion of mathematics! How many authors do you know that not only teach you their subject, but teach you how to learn any subject!
This is a book that should be read by every teacher and by every student.
If you have ever had difficulty with maths - read this book.
If you teach maths then this approach should be your route map if true learning by your students is important to you.
An excellent book which has stood the test of time - first published in 1947!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's the second one I buy. Convoluted reasoning. I like Mr Sawyer , but he complicates the Math while thinking that he is making it easier.Published 6 months ago by Boutros Ghassibi
...I didn't expect much in the way of miracles and epiphanies when I bought this book, but its wonderfully detailed, relaxed description on "Calculus of FInite Differences"... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by John W. Morse
W. W. Sawyer, Mathematician's Delight (Penguin, 1943)
I approached this with some trepidation, as when I picked it up recently, I discovered a makeshift bookmark (that... Read more