Street-fighting Mathematics

Street-fighting Mathematics

The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving

eBook - 2010
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"In Street-Fighting Mathematics, Sanjoy Mahajan builds, sharpens, and demonstrates tools for educated guessing and down-and-dirty, opportunistic problem solving across diverse fields of knowledge - from mathematics to management. Mahajan describes six tools: dimensional analysis, easy cases, lumping, picture proofs, successive approximation, and reasoning by analogy. Illustrating each tool with numerous examples, he carefully separates the tool - the general principle - from the particular application so that the reader can most easily grasp the tool itself to use on problems of particular interest." "Street-Fighting Mathematics grew out of a short course taught by the author at MIT for students ranging from first-year undergraduates to graduate students ready for careers in physics, mathematics, management, electrical engineering, computer science, and biology. They benefited from an approach that avoided rigor and taught them how to use mathematics to solve real problems."--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010.
ISBN: 9780262265881
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 134 pages) : illustrations


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Dec 06, 2015

University-level math. I lost interest almost right away with the lengthy discussion of why units should be considered part of a value; however technically useful, there are just too many things (eg: computer algorithms) that won't work that way.

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Dec 06, 2015

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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