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dc.contributor.authorMahajan, Sanjoy
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-17 23:55
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-01 23:55:55
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-21 11:21:32
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-01T10:59:00Z
dc.date.available2020-04-01T10:59:00Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier1003996
dc.identifierOCN: 1135550088en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/26090
dc.description.abstractAn antidote to mathematical rigor mortis, teaching how to guess answers without needing a proof or an exact calculation.In problem solving, as in street fighting, rules are for fools: do whatever works—don't just stand there! Yet we often fear an unjustified leap even though it may land us on a correct result. Traditional mathematics teaching is largely about solving exactly stated problems exactly, yet life often hands us partly defined problems needing only moderately accurate solutions. This engaging book is an antidote to the rigor mortis brought on by too much mathematical rigor, teaching us how to guess answers without needing a proof or an exact calculation.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.Street-Fighting Mathematics will appear in print and online under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Share Alike license.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PD Science: general issues::PDZ Popular science::PDZM Popular mathematics
dc.subject.othermathemetics
dc.subject.otherproblem solving
dc.titleStreet-Fighting Mathematics
dc.title.alternativeThe Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving
dc.typebook
oapen.relation.isPublishedByf49dea23-efb1-407d-8ac0-6ed2b5cb4b74
oapen.relation.isbn9780262514293
oapen.pages152
oapen.place.publicationCambridge
oapen.remark.public21-7-2020 - No DOI registered in CrossRef for ISBN 9780262265591
oapen.identifier.ocn1135550088


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