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 StreetFighting Mathematics, Sanjoy Mahajan builds, sharpens, and demonstrates tools for educated guessing and downanddirty, 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. StreetFighting Mathematics grew out of a short course taught by the author at MIT for students ranging from firstyear 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. StreetFighting Mathematics will appear in print and online under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Share Alike license.
About Sanjoy Mahajan
Sanjoy Mahajan is Associate Professor of Applied Science and Engineering at Olin College of Engineering and Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the physics faculty. He is the author of StreetFighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving (MIT Press). Carver A. Mead is the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology. He won the 1999 LemelsonMIT Prize for Invention and Innovation.Details Book
Author  :  Sanjoy Mahajan 
Publisher  :  MIT Press 
Data Published  :  13 April 2010 
ISBN  :  026251429X 
EAN  :  9780262514293 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  152 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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