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Colin Fischer Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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We know this because mathematics can reduce anything to a system of equations. Sometimes the solutions tell us things that seem "intuitively obvious." This means that we do not need math to figure them out. For example, the Parking Problem.
Some mathematicians at a university wanted to know how people could minimize the time it takes to find a parking spot and get into a store. Here is what they found: The optimal strategy is to take the first space you see and then walk.
When I told my father about this, he asked why it took mathematicians at a university to figure it out. I explained that while the conclusions seems intuitively obvious, it runs counter to standard human behavior. Most people will not take the first space the come across. Instead, the will seek out a better, theoretical spot that could be more convenient, incorrectly believing it will save them time.
I used to think people did this because they're bad at math, but actually it's because they're gamblers. They pass up good opportunities that are right in front of them in exchange for imagined improvements that almost never materialize. This is why I trust math and I do not trust people. Math makes better sense."
This is one of Colin Fisher's many observations in his Notebook, a catalog of facts, observations, and notations dating back to his pre-school days. Colin has been diagnosed with high-functioning Aspergers Syndrome and that translates to a variety of quirks which place him firmly on the outskirts of his school's social spectrum. He's bullied by some, ridiculed by others, ignored by most, and befriended by few, but Colin honestly doesn't care. He enjoys school and enjoys making observations of his peers even more. Even his main tormentor, Wayne Connelly, is worthy of consideration.Read more ›
The authors manage to convey the nuances of Aspergers through Colin. You understand his limitations, his strengths, and his view on the world. The authors perfected the socially awkward penguin comedy, for example; after seeing a long time friend after a summer break Colin begins on how her breasts have developed and then continues to explain the physiology behind these changes. As a character I would die of shame, as a reader it is pure gold. Yet even in the hilarity you connect with Colin in a way that attunes you to his suffering. You don't want to laugh at him or because of him, you want him to understand this crazy alien world he is party to.
I highly recommend this book as it will touch your heart, make you think, and make you laugh all the way through. This modern day Holmes has all the skills of the world class detective and the smooth moves of a sheet of sand paper but by the end you'll love him and be wanting more.
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The book I did for this book report is Colin Fischer. This book is about a kid who just started his freshman year of high school, is very antisocial, and has a notebook where he... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a book that everyone should read. We all have people in our lives that either have asbergers or another disability that makes them stand out. Read morePublished 8 months ago by steven whipple
Cheesy book about an autistic kid who's full of himself. Move along.Published 11 months ago by Jake Milliken
It was a great book that The average understand what is life in a high school student with autism we have so many situations in school that involve weapons and drugs that it is... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rachel Mccaffrey
A great Lone Star book for fans of realistic fiction. Will give the reader a look into the mind of an autistic student and keep you wondering how Colin will achieve his goal all... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Melanie J. Dulaney
To be fair, I only read the first part (cake and gun). But my review would be the same either way.
PROS: I love the plot, I love the fact that the main character has... Read more
This book is entertaining and provides insight into the thinking of an Asberger's
individual. Colin is fascinating and charming. Loved this book!