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Why Math Isn't an Awful Nerd [Kindle Edition]

Jason Marshall
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this short excerpt from his book about algebra (see the note from the author below), the guy behind the popular Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips podcast, Jason Marshall, shows readers in just a few pages how easy and elegant math can be. In other words, he shows them Why Math Isn't an Awful Nerd! The e-book uses the example of perfect squares and the patterns they make (hint: they're called perfect squares for a reason) to clearly and concisely show some of the magic behind how numbers work. You'll also find lots of games, puzzles, and even a secret-agent "math-lib" to re-enforce the ideas.

And if this e-book leaves you wanting even more! more! more! math, be sure to check out The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra for even more fun math games, puzzles, and explanations of the concepts that are sure to help you finally understand algebra. That's right, this e-book is part of a much larger book about algebra. So, if you enjoy the style of this e-book and are convinced that math isn't an awful nerd, check out the The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra for more.

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From the Author

There's no denying it: Lots of people dislike (or even hate) math and think that it's just a painful and awful subject. I understand where they're coming from, but I also know that it really doesn't have to be that way. Believe it or not, math is actually very cool. And that's exactly what all the visual explanations, puzzles, and games in this short e-book are designed to show you. The goal is to explain how real math works, why it's so awesome, and to hopefully convince people who think that math is awful to see that math is--dare I say it--elegant, fun, and even beautiful.

A quick note to address a few concerns raised in the comments: This short e-book is indeed an excerpt from the prologue of my book The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra. Since the content of this e-book is really not about algebra, but is instead more of a philosophical look at math, I thought it would be of interest to a larger audience than just people interested in learning about algebra...which is why I've made it available separately. Of course, it's my hope that if you enjoy reading this e-book you'll also enjoy reading the algebra book (which contains a lot more information in its 500 pages--including solutions to all the problems!). But either way, I hope I convince you that math isn't an awful nerd. Thanks, math fans!

About the Author

Besides writing books and hosting The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips podcast, Jason Marshall works as a research scientist at Caltech studying starburst galaxies and quasars. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jason obtained a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.S. in astrophysics from UCLA. In addition to these astronomical interests, Jason also has many earthly diversions. These include travelling, learning about the latest tech trends, watching and playing soccer, and spending time with his wife exploring the world around their Los Angeles area home.

Product Details

  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050IESKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better in print than on Kindle June 14, 2011
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Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Kindle, but I think this book would be better in a hardcopy, print format than a Kindle format. The graphics are small and hard to read. The text states several times that helps and answers are listed in the back of the book and those are difficult to access in the Kindle format. I liked the book and was going to purchase a hard copy, but found that it wasn't available. The information is great and I will use it with my math students and my granddaughters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd learned math this way the first time August 3, 2011
By Breset
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This is a delightful excerpt from what will be a enjoyable book. Marshall has a gift for analogy that makes math a lot more relevant and engrossing than the classes on calculation I had to suffer through in my youth. I look forward to being able to buy the full version for myself and affiliated young people that I hope to get hooked on math.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Interesting and I think the book would be good, but this is just a teaser and doesn't even have the promised answers in it. So a fun math read but just taunts you to buy the book. Should be labelled as just a teaser.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An preview of things to come July 4, 2011
By Alex B.
Format:Kindle Edition
Unlike other reviewers I was pleased with what was offered considering this is free. I'm looking forward to the release of the full book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Apparently an excerpt June 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The material is interesting, but the references to an answer section and chapters that do not exist in this non book make it an annoying gimmick. I suspect it is about what one might get by sampling the Algebra book from the same author which is not yet released. Honesty in description and better editing might have garnered 4 or 5 stars as the material is a good intro to perfect squares and foundational algebraic thinking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you're already good at math, look elsewhere November 23, 2011
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I can see where this book would be perfect for someone who never "got" algebra as a kid, or as a college student. But for those of us that are decent at math, "get it" with no trouble, and like to read about it, this is not the book for you. It is tedious and slow paced (albeit on purpose). But, if you don't like math already, maybe this will work for you.
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Besides writing books and hosting The Math Dude podcast, Jason Marshall works as a research scientist at Caltech studying starburst galaxies and quasars. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jason obtained a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.S. in astrophysics from UCLA. In addition to these astronomical interests, Jason also has many earthly diversions. These include travelling, learning about the latest tech trends, watching and playing soccer, and spending time with his wife exploring the world around their Los Angeles area home.



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