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ISBN: 0471269875

ISBN13: 9780471269878

Calculus and Pizza : A Cookbook for the Hungry Mind

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CALCULUS + PEPPERONI / FUN = MATH SUCCESS Do you want to do well on your calculus exam? Are you looking for a quick refresher course? Or would you just like to get a taste of what calculus is all about? If so, you've selected the right book. Calculus and Pizza is a creative, surprisingly delicious overview of the essential rules and formulas of calculus, with tons of problems for the learner with a healthy appetite. Setting up residence in a pizza...

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A must see for 9th and 10th grade high school students

one word this book is: Enthusiasm This book is the simple solution to every young student avoiding complications in calculus later in life. I was given this book early on during basic algebra (which I wasn't great at). When I finished reading this book I didn't claim to know calculus: I skimmed the first couple chapters over and over. But, I had an idea of what people meant when they said "Calculus." America's public educational systems lack the rigor that is required by its universities and colleges because students are not getting "very basic" ideas early on. This book is a definitive solution. Reading parts of this book in 9th or 10th grade can give students time to let the fundamental simplicity of calculus percolate, something that cannot be rushed in a semester. Students don't need trigonometry, or advanced algebra. They need insight early on. If you're searching for a calculus book because you're having trouble with it now, do your younger friends a favor and recommend this book. It could mean the difference between success and failure when they transition from Precalculus to calculus. This book should be treated the same way astronomy and science survey books are written to inspire interest in young people. Move over earth, life, and health sciences and make some room for Calculus and Pizza--food for the hungry mind.

Great Fun. Great Education.

I can only say that this was the most educational math book I have read, and I liked it for all the reasons the author gives: (1) Many beginner calculus books are too big. Most people don't read big books. However, this book is a comfortable size. (2) Many "popular" calculus books don't have exercises. The basic philosophy of Calculus and Pizza is learning by doing. (3) Most importantly, no Intro calculus books have a pizza chef teaching you. For example, in what other book will you find meatballs rolling down Fifth Avenue in New York City or pizza restaurants overrun by bacterial colonies run wild? The other big selling point for this book are the numerous solved problems. These problems alone give the book a lot of "meat" -- if you pardon the pun.

Great!! But neccessarily incomplete.

This book served to demistify the entire basics of the calculus for me. Without it, I'd still be wondering about the derivative, or about limits or integrals. On the other hand, it contains about 5% of the stuff in a real calc book, which is why I'm glad I've got both. Even today I refer back to this when the definitions Swokowski gives me are too obscure to understand.If you have trouble understanding calculus, buy this, not a copy of Schaum's outlines. This will open you up to fundamental concepts, and once you have those down, reading any normal calculus text will be a breeze.The book is also very poetic. Pickover is a great writer, besides being a great mathematician.

A really fun read, and you learn Calculus too

This is a great book on many levels. The basics of Calculus are clearly communicated. There are lots of interesting examples, and problems to solve. The story of the pizza parlor involves great imagery, and fascinating characters. Plus the chapters are short, which helps retention. I bought the book as a review tool. A lot of calculus help books are geared to just doing well on tests. Completing this book should help anyone to get a real, "feel", for the beauty and usefulness of Calculus.

An Excellent, Practical Tour of Calculus

Calculus is very important today in many branches of science, economics, and other fields. I am a high school calculus teacher and will be advising all my students to get this book in the fall. It covers all the essential calculus material in a fun way, using pizza examples. Where else would you find a pizza chef teaching calculus? In what other books will you study meatballs rolling down Fifth Avenue? College teachers will also find this book useful, but you don't have to be in school to enjoy this book. My friends find this book useful for a review of calculus. The book contains lots of problems and answers to see if readers truly understand the material. The simultaneous discovery of calculus by Newton and Leibniz makes the author wonder why so many discoveries in science are made at the same time by people working independently. I wonder about this too.
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