Math, Better Explained: Learn to Unlock Your Math Intuition Paperback – Illustrated, May 3, 2013
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (May 3, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 98 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1479186724
- ISBN-13 : 978-1479186723
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.24 x 10 inches
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The one caveat I would add is that it would help if you have had the experience of trying to learn the concepts the traditional (confusing) way first. I never had the pleasure (insert ironic humor) of trying to learn calculus, so I needed to wrap my head are why anyone would need to learn it in the first place, intuitively or not.
That being said, if you are interested in demystifying all those formulas you’ve long since forgotten, I would highly recommend this book.
Of course they didn't use it. They didn't understand it the first time.
But if they'd been taught the way Kalid's explains math, not only would they understand it so well they could use it all the time, but they'd have fun doing it.
Which Pizza will do a better job of feeding my family, the small and medium, or the large? Pathagorean's theorem to the rescue.
Pathagoras? The triangle thing?
Sure enough. But not by memorizing it, by the insight that comparing circles works by the same rules that comparing triangles do.
Ever thought anyone would give you an intuitive sense of calculus? As Kalid says, "We don't need to be writers to appreciate Shakespeare," and we don't need to be math geniuses to appreciate calculus.
There are lots of great courses that will teach you how to do many things, and they are good for what they do. Yet with most of them I got the sense that each lesson only applied to one very specific situation, usually a situation I would never be in. And there were hundreds of these little rules, each applying only to their own very specific situation.
But Math, Better Explained, is totally different. Kalid only talks about a dozen things. One of them is not a rule at all, just a way of looking at things Another one he spent 2 chapters on because the way I was taught it missed how useful it is. Chapter after chapter he demystifies concepts that most of us had given up on. He makes them so clear that now I can apply them in hundreds of situations, situations I'm in, if not every day, at least several times a month, where I want answers, sometimes exact and sometimes just close enough.
If you ever wanted to master math, I haven't found a faster, nor an easier way.
Wilfredo Pareto is famous for a principle called the 80/20 rule. 80% of the value comes from just 20% of your efforts. And the secret to life is figuring out where those 20% efforts are at.
Kalid has done this one better.
If you want 90% of the value of a complete math education for 1% of the effort (but 200% of the fun), this is the book you want to buy.
If you want to clear the fog around key math concepts, and show your family, your children, your friends, how to understand math, this is the book you want to show them.
And if you are just tired of saying, "Oh, I'm not good with math," and instead want to be good at it, this is the book that you want to have fun reading while mastering all those math concepts.
I hate the rigorous approach to mathematics. My learning style requires an intuitive understanding first and then I can learn the rigorous details that help reinforce and sometimes modify my intuitive understanding. There aren't many books that teach math this way, so Kalid's book should be required reading for any author who wants to teach math using an intuitive approach.
The rigorous approach sucks all the enjoyment out of math. It reminds me of when I was in the Army and drill sergeants could somehow suck the fun out of shooting automatic weapons (well, not ALL the fun).
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I'm happy with it for the purposes for which I purchased it. I'm going to try his book on calculus next, before the grandchildren reach that point. With maths, understanding is everything. It simply cannot be learned beyond a certain level by route. I think this book helps on the understanding.
This book is terrific. It does give a real world angle on math concepts and I feel that at least I now have a grasp of the basic ideas- lots of AHAA! moments. It is clearly lifted from a blog,the style is light and conversational. There are a few ' see you next week' type of comments and the content jumps around a bit rather than building logically ( I suppose then it would have to be massive eg Principia). I hope the author will continue with this project - his expositions are great.
To me, it's a distillation of one guy's "A-ha!" moments into a single book, those moments when mathematics seems to beautifully mesh. Not everyone's moments are the same and we may not all agree, but to me at the very least I love to see how other people think about things too.
Also in his blog he replies to comments which is extremely useful too.