The Cartoon Guide to Calculus

The Cartoon Guide to Calculus

Paperback Cartoon Guide to

By (author) Larry Gonick

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  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 20mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 10 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061689092
  • ISBN 13: 9780061689093
  • Sales rank: 62,459

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In "The Cartoon Guide to Calculus", master cartoonist and former Harvard calculus instructor Larry Gonick offers a complete and up-to-date illustrated course in college-level calculus. Using graphics and humor to lighten what is frequently a tough subject, Gonick entertainingly teaches all of the course essentials, functions, limits, derivatives, and integrals, with numerous examples and applications. He concludes with a bemused look at the paradoxes at the heart of calculus and the foundations of mathematics. And in an exciting first for the "Cartoon Guide" series, each chapter includes helpful problem sets, designed to help readers cement the lessons learned in each section. Combining entertainment and education, this is the perfect supplement for any study of calculus, whether readers are high school or college students, independent learners, or just lovers of Larry Gonick's bestselling, award-winning cartoon guides.

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Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain math, history, science, and other big subjects for more than forty years. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in mathematics) and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and he is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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"How do you humanize calculus and bring its equations and concepts to life? Larry Gonick's clever and delightful answer is to have characters talking, commenting, and joking-all while rigorously teaching equations and concepts and indicating calculus's utility. It's a remarkable accomplishment-and a lot of fun." -- Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics, Harvard University, and author of Knocking on Heaven's Door Gonick is to graphical expositions of advanced materials as Newton or Leibniz is to calculus. The difference is that Gonick has no rival. -- Xiao-Li Meng, Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics and Department Chair, Harvard University Larry Gonick's sparkling and inventive drawings make a vivid picture out of every one of the hundreds of formulas that underlie Calculus. Even the jokers in the back row will ace the course with this book. -- David Mumford, Professor emeritus of Applied Mathematics at Brown University and recipient of the National Medal of Science I always thought that there are no magic tricks that use calculus. Larry Gonick proves me wrong. His book is correct, clear and interesting. It is filled with magical insights into this most beautiful subject. -- Persi Diaconis, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford It has no mean derivative results about the only derivatives that matter... A spunky tool-toting heroine called Delta Wye seems the perfect role model for our next generation. -- Susan Holmes, Professor of Statistics, Stanford A creative take on an old, and for many, tough subject...Gonick's cartoons and intelligent humor make it a fun read. -- Amy Langville, Recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award at College of Charleston and South Carolina Faculty of the Year