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Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving

  • Category: Mathematics
  • Author: Sanjoy Mahajan
  • License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US
  • Pages: 152 pages
  • File type: PDF (153 pages), ePub, Kindle, etc.

Read and download free eBook intituled Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving in format PDF (153 pages), ePub, Kindle, etc. – 152 pages created by Sanjoy Mahajan.

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 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.

In Street-Fighting Mathematics, Sanjoy Mahajan builds, sharpens, and demonstrates tools for educated guessing and down-and-dirty, 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.

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Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving

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