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The cartoon introduction to calculus
ISBN:
9780809033690
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1st ed.
Physical Description:
207 pages: illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents:
Overview. Introduction ; Speed ; Area ; The fundamental theorem of calculus ; Limits -- Derivatives. Limits and derivatives ; The calculus toolkit ; Extreme values ; Optimization ; Economics -- Integrals. Integration, the hard way ; Integration, the easy way ; The fundamental theorem, revisited ; Physic ; Limits beyond limits.
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With a witty and engaging narrative full of jokes and insights and with Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman as our guides, we scale the dual peaks of Mount Derivative and Mount Integral, and from their summits we see how calculus relates to the rest of mathematics. Beginning with the problems of speed and area, Klein and Bauman show how the discipline is unified by a fundamental theorem. We meet such geniuses as Archimedes, Liu Hui, and Bonaventura Cavalieri, who survived the slopes on intuition but prepared us for the avalanche-like dangers posed by mathematical rigor. Then we trek onward, scrambling through limits, extreme values, optimization, and integration, and learn how calculus can be applied to economics, physics, and so much more. With a witty and engaging narrative full of jokes and insights.
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The internationally bestselling authors of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics return to make calculus fun

The award-winning illustrator Grady Klein has teamed up once again with the world's only stand-up economist, Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., to take on the daunting subject of calculus. A supplement to traditional textbooks, The Cartoon Introduction to Calculus focuses on the big ideas rather than all the formulas you have to memorize.

With Klein and Bauman as our guides, we scale the dual peaks of Mount Derivative and Mount Integral, and from their summits, we see how calculus relates to the rest of mathematics. Beginning with the problems of speed and area, Klein and Bauman show how the discipline is unified by a fundamental theorem. We meet geniuses like Archimedes, Liu Hui, and Bonaventura Cavalieri, who survived the slopes on intuition but prepared us for the avalanche-like dangers posed by mathematical rigor. Then wetrek onward and scramble through limits and extreme values, optimization and integration, and learn how calculus can be applied to economics, physics, and so much more. We discover that calculus isn't the pinnacle of mathematics after all, but its tools are foundational to everything that follows. Klein and Bauman round out the book with a handy glossary of symbols and terms, so you don't have to worry about mixing up constants and constraints. With a witty and engaging narrative full of jokes and insights, The Cartoon Introduction to Calculus is an essential primer for students or for anyone who is curious about math.


Author Notes

A freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and animator, Grady Klein is the creator of the Lost Colony series of graphic novels.

An environmental economist at the University of Washington, Yoram Bauman , Ph.D., is the world's first and only stand-up economist.

They are the coauthors of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics , volumes one and two.


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Illustrator Klein and "stand-up economist" Bauman (Univ. of Washington) have authored a fresh supplement to the traditional calculus textbook. They concentrate on the central ideas of calculus, minimize the customary emphasis on formulas, and show how calculus is a cornerstone within the larger context of mathematics. Every page features at least one cartoon. Humor is incorporated throughout the book, yet mathematical rigor is not abandoned. The only narrative text appears in the form of captions or as part of the cartoon content itself. The fundamental theorem of calculus is the unifying motif of the book. The core topics of limits, derivatives, and integrals are all represented, as are subtopics such as extreme values and optimization. Application areas ranging from physics to economics are also presented in cartoons, as well as information regarding the seminal discoveries of Archimedes, Cavalieri, Leibniz, Newton, Ramanujan, and other famous mathematical scientists. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. --David P. Turner, Faulkner University