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Math Girls Hardcover – November 23, 2011
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The most encouraging aspect of this book is its portrayal of the discovery process as students new to a problem domain play with problems to try to understand not just how to solve them or how to derive a solution, but why the particular domains work they way they do. While I'm certainly no trained mathematician myself, I've taken enough graduate level discrete math to recognize that the original author both has and wanted to convey a deep appreciation for the covered topics.
And, if that isn't enough to pique your interest, there is also a sample chapter available from the publisher's site:
Another thing Math Girls does very well is the characters. You have the main character who serves as the narrator, loves math and is quite good at it, Tetra who loves math but starts off not very good at it and usually asks the narrator for help and Miruka who is much better than the narrator at math. The relationship between the narrator and Miruka and Tetra is done very well. Depending on what kind of person you are, as long as you love math you are most likely to relate to the narrator or to Tetra. Miruka is very difficult to relate to but is still a very likable character. She is sometimes cold but you can't help admire her intelligence and deep knowledge of mathematics and how well she is able to explain it all. She would often teach the narrator and Tetra math and during these parts you really feel as though she is teaching you.
As for the math, the topics are quite broad but don't expect differential geometry or vector calculus. They are, for the most part, simple. The book can be read by someone in high school and while they might not be able to solve the problems they will still understand the solutions and still enjoy the book.
The book is quite short but I took a long time reading it because I tried to solve the problem on my own. I found some of them really difficult but they are fun to solve. Skipping solving the problems and reading the solution straight away is also an option and it doesn't rob you much of the experience. But do not skip the problems and solution altogether. It is the best part of the book.
If you're not too crazy about math but you're not sure if you like it, I suggest still reading this book because this book has reminded me why I love math and perhaps in reading it you may find out whether you really do love math. If you are someone who loves math, college, high school or PhD. You will enjoy this book.
I would recommend this to any math enthusiast out there.