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Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us

Oscar E. Fernandez
Publisher: 
Princeton University Press
Publication Date: 
2014
Number of Pages: 
176
Format: 
Hardcover
Price: 
24.95
ISBN: 
9780691157559
Category: 
General
[Reviewed by
Tom Schulte
, on
04/19/2014
]

The author earnestly and excitedly seeks to make the principles of calculus near and natural, without the intimidation of a five-pound textbook dense with equations. Oscar Fernandez describes the math in a cooling cup of coffee, falling rain drops, population growth, and the stars of the night sky. Asking no more of the reader than concepts such as the derivative and the chain rule, the author celebrates the calculus in the familiar through calculating the ideal number of hours for sleeping, the optimal route to reach work and, in what is becoming an old saw, selecting a seat in the theater for best viewing.

Most of the observations herein are prose, with an average of around one equation per page. For more ardent math enthusiasts, there are more rigorous appendices on calculus fundamentals. Fernandez invites the reader along on this work day and telegraphs an enthusiasm for seeing calculus, with hints of differential equations, presented to him. This excitement will communicate itself to the math enthusiast becoming acquainted with calculus through the author’s style, which is both lively and confident.


Tom Schulte confidently delivers lively lectures to students of mathematics at Oakland Community College.

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