The Cartoon Guide to Calculus

The Cartoon Guide to Calculus

Paperback Cartoon Guide to

By (author) Larry Gonick

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  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks
  • 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
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 80,037

Product description

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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Author information

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for over forty years-he wrote his first guide in 1971: Blood From a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform. 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 is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.

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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