"It will delight both young and old." — The American Mathematical Monthly
"A truly lively and unusual, not to mention precise, textbook." — New York Public Library
"The calculus book looks great. There has never been anything like it." — Martin Gardner, longtime author of the "Mathematical Games" column for Scientific American
Filled with humorous illustrations as well as lively and absorbing mathematical learning, this calculus comic book requires only a familiarity with high school algebra and a sense of humor. Prof. E. McSquared introduces each concept in differential calculus in the form of a memorable character and helps readers develop their intuitive powers. A lifesaver for struggling students and a treat for the mathematically minded, the book includes helpful exercises and complete solutions.
|Publisher:||Dyer & Swann Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Howard Swann taught mathematics at San Jose State Unviersity from 1970 until his retirement.
John F. Johnson is a well-known California-based graphic artist.
Read an Excerpt
Calculus is concerned with studying VERY CAREFULLY relationships of the sort that can be put on a graph.
In the course of studying these relationships, mathematicians tried to answer the following three questions:
The FIRST question is ... Pictures are not precise enough and computers can't compute with them.
Assuming a logical answer to the first question, the SECOND question is ...
Mathematicians floundered around for years over this one and finally came up with a clever if somewhat slippery answer that also gave them a way to deal with the THIRD question ...
The answers to these three questions provided the basis for what is called "Differential Calculus," and these answers were just what mathematicians needed to talk about velocities, gravity, etc., and thus get the whole scientific trip off the ground.
Excerpted from "Prof. E. McSquared's Calculus Primer: Expanded Intergalactic Version!"
Copyright © 2002 Howard Swann and John Johnson.
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