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Math Proofs Demystified 1st Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0071445764
ISBN-10: 0071445765
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PROOF POSITIVE -- YOU CAN DO MATH PROOFS!

Here's an entertaining way to learn to prove math theorems! You won't need formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Math Proofs Demystified, best-selling math and science writer Stan Gibilisco provides an effective and painless way to overcome the intimidation most students feel when venturing into math theory. By the time you finish this book, you'll be proving math theorems with confidence! You'll also understand the fundamentals of elementary logic.

With Math Proofs Demystified, you master the subject one simple step at a time -- at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers problems at the end of each chapter and section to pinpoint weaknesses, and a 70-question final exam to reinforce the entire book.

If you want to build or refresh your math proof skills, here's a fast and entertaining self-teaching course that's specially designed to minimize anxiety. Get ready to:

  • Explore the wonders of the mathematical world
  • Learn all about logic, validity, paradoxes, fallacies, and forms of deception
  • Investigate famous theorems
  • Develop a plan of action for each proof
  • Construct proofs for algebra, geometry, set theory, number theory, and other math fields
  • See how theorems relate to graphs and functions
  • Take a "final exam" and grade it yourself!

Simple enough for beginners but challenging enough for math-savvy readers, Math Proofs Demystified is a fun way to learn or brush up on the fundamentals of this fascinating subject.

About the Author

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most prolific and popular authors. His clear, reader-friendly writing style makes his math and science books accessible to a wide audience, and his background in research makes him an ideal editor for professional handbooks. He is the author of Geometry Demystified; Trigonometry Demystified; Statistics Demystified; Everyday Math Demystified; Physics Demystified; Electronics Demystified; Electricity Demystified; The TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians and Hobbyists; Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics; and The Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. Booklist named his McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing a "Best Reference" of 1996.
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Product Details

  • Series: Demystified
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (May 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071445765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071445764
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aaron Rutledge on August 16, 2005
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In this book Gibilisco will gently guide you through the nuts and bolts of how to write, read and construct mathematical proofs. The book is admittedly simplistic, after all, its target audience is the curious student who has little background in math and needs everyting spelled out at an elementary level. That being said, you will get more out of this book if you have taken math through Calc 1 than if you haven't had math since 1999, and that was algebra. He gives full answers to all of the problems he gives and the problems are sufficiently easy that the majority of people will be able answer them with modest thought. Overall, its a great intro for the curious reader and a great stepping stone to more advanced reading in Mathematics
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Math Proofs Demystified is about just what the title says, mathematical proof. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to the process of proof. However you should realize that this book is only an introduction. In other words, if you read this book and then set out to prove something and find yourself stumped, don't give up. Instead realize you have made a good start toward understanding proof and dig deeper with one of the books listed as further reading such as How To Prove It perhaps.
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Again, I was greatly disappoinnted with this, my sixth book in the DeMYSTiFieD series. While there is a smattering of geometric proofs far into the book, there is no math to speak of, and certainly powerfully few math proofs. The geometry also does not quite rise to the level of ordinary examples in a good high school geometry text book.

There is a "scaled-back" introduction to symbolic logic, of sorts, which defines a few of the basic concepts and walks the reader through a few Venn diagrams and through a few extremely elementary propositional equations and other examples, but math proofs they are not. Since it is not a good introduction to anything, I am not sure what use this book could be recommended for?

What few "math" proofs there are appear appropriately enough as an addenum to the final chapter called "A Few Tidbits." In fact that should be the title of the entire book!

Sadly, the uninformed reader will complete this entire book without really even knowing what a "real" math proof is, or looks like; or worse yet, not even realizing that he doesn't know? Somehow one gets the impression the author did not take the time to find out himself what a math proof is. This clearly was an over night cut-and-paste deal, and on to the publishers.

This book is false advertisement at its worse. What a pity!

Less than 1 star.
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I just wanted to know how to pronounce "Gibilisco", but I would also like to say that I photoread Demystifying Math Proofs from front to back and then upside down from back to front (after overviewing it). Photoreading math books make the studying part seem like a review. Try it! (see Photoreading by Paul Scheele) Personally I require that math teachers TALK to me. I need analogies so that I can hook the new information to my existing frame of reference. Stan Gibilisco is MY KIND OF TEACHER. Now, how in the world does he pronounce Gibilisco? Does the first letter sound like a "g" or a "j"? And which syllable has the accent?
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This book didn't even get close to touching on the information I needed for math proofs. Many, many, many, many, MANY things were left out, and I was just as confused with my math proofs class after reading this book (from cover to cover) as I was before I read it. It only goes over the parts of math proofs that are easiest to understand anyway. What's the point of a "easy to understand" text that only goes over the easy stuff anyway? No point, that's what. DON'T ORDER THIS BOOK IF YOU NEED HELP WITH MATH PROOFS!!!!
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This book is too elementary for advanced students (upper undergraduate, graduate or above), * even non-math majors *, and even if you have never taken a course on math proofs or logic. You won't find much in this book that you haven't already gotten from other sources or learned "the hard way".

However, at the high school or lower undergraduate level, or for an extremely non-mathematically oriented person, I recommend it since it contains information that you're not likely to find in other books at that level, not only about proofs but also basic logic.

As for the "Demystified Series", I have another book that is great. This one was a disappointment.
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