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Why Math Isn't an Awful Nerd by [Marshall, Jason]
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Editorial Reviews

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: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050IESKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Somehow, when I got this book several months ago, I had no idea it was only a portion of the book. Boy, was I ever disappointed! I don't know if this was an oversight on the part of Amazon or the author. Whatever, it rankles. Thus, the 3-star rating.

That being said, I **LOVE** math and this book is probably right up my alley. It was a good, intriguing start as I am also fascinated by interesting patterns in numbers and other things. This portion is well done and the author's enthusiasm for math is clear and infectious. Maybe one day I'll get the full edition.
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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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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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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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