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The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking Hardcover – December 10, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118156599 ISBN-10: 1118156595 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (December 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118156595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118156599
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Math can be confusing enough without writing the book like it's a riddle.
Jason T. Melanson
I've been out of college for over 40 years, and I am having a ball with this book.
Alvin M. Townley Jr.
There was woman's hair in the book pages and stuck to the back of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alvin M. Townley Jr. on January 21, 2014
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As promised, this book makes math fun. I've been out of college for over 40 years, and I am having a ball with this book. I always liked math, it just did not like me. Learning the math of the Universal Product Code (UPC) and Bank Account Routing numbers was worth the price of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E. on September 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I never did well in math. In fact, the majority of grade school math classes... well... I do not remember them at all. Numbers were not as interesting as a good book, or a cool peice of history. Yet, here I am in college, terrified to take that required math class. I admit, I dropped out of my traditional college math the class the first week, out of fear of looking like an idiot.
Then I saw a different option. A class called "Math Appreciation". Reading the description, it seemed as though the course would focus on exactly that: Appreciating mathematics in our lives. This book was the required text.
I can honestly say, that I finally get it. I understand the significance of math in my life, and it astounds me. I have this textbook, and its authors to thank.
They made what first seemed pointless, into something truly beautiful and intriguing.

It was hard at first, to look beyond what I knew of traditional math. This is a mind expanding textbook, and therefore may displease those who are linear thinkers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Salman A. Al-farisi on May 5, 2014
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Well, this is a Wiley & Sons book, the same idiots that brought you the For Dummies series. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to this book. How can students study?! If you are good at math, you would probably not have a problem; if your math is not as strong (like mine), this book is for lining the bird cage. I did get some things out of it but the writing and editing is bad, this is not a book for learners.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2014
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My college age daughter said she had the worse math book ever, I did not believe her till I actually started looking at this book. The textbook needs a textbook, in order to understand what they are talking about. The authors do not explain things well; either by under stating the situation or over stating it. Rarely do they offer a simple to understand plain explanation.
Also the publishers should be ashamed of themselves for allowing a text book to go to print with so many typos and mistakes that are found throughout the book.
If you get this book be prepared to do a lot of searching on the internet to get a better understanding of the many ideas focused up on in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RHONDA JACKSON on April 4, 2014
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Math is one subject that I just can't wrap my brain around. Now that I've been out of high school for some time now, I thought I would give it another go; I wasn't disappointed with this book.
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I used this book for a MATH 100 course, after having not taken a math class for 10 years. Thank goodness for the instructor and office hour visits, because if I had to rely solely on this book, I would have been completely lost. The authors seem more concerned with corny jokes and unintentionally condescending remarks than with actually explaining the concepts. Some chapters were incredibly easy, and others were extremely hard- there was no apparent progression of skills, the chapters would bounce from geometry to linear algebra to graphing, etc. They broke some concepts down in painstaking detail, and then would suddenly assume you knew the quadratic formula. I think this book could be good for students right out of high school, or someone who has recently visited mathematical concepts- for myself, it was confusing and tedious.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason T. Melanson on February 8, 2014
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I have never heard of a math textbook with such a poor delivery to answers to questions. I have no issue with the seller, just an issue with the book itself. Math can be confusing enough without writing the book like it's a riddle. Good grief!
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