Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Streetfighting Math"

I've not seen this book myself, but if Steven Strogatz endorses it I figure it must be worth passing along:

Here's a promotional trailer for it:

It's also a course over at EdX:

Finally, there is an interesting review of the book in AMS Notices here:

It starts off somewhat negatively, and than wavers back-and-forth between positive and negative points, before concluding as follows:
"…'Street-Fighting Mathematics' is an engaging, well-written, insightful book. I do know that the book will provide any reader with new tools for making quick estimates and will introduce new ways of viewing problem solving. And I do know that I will read this book again. And again. And again. And maybe one day I will take the leap and actually use these methods to solve a problem."

1 comment:

Larry Francis said...

It's worth mentioning, I think, that Deschamp muffs--or at least mis-types--a calculation: 10.29 should be 10.92 on page 961 (left column, about 3/4 of the way down). And there are easier ways to get to 10.9 than the street-fighting way with all the deltas and whatnot: .08 of 5 is .4 and .25 of 2 is .5. Add those to 2x5 and 10.9 falls into your lap pretty easily (sans deltas).