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.