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Math with Bad Drawings

Math with Bad Drawings

Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality

Smart, hilarious, and engaging, Math With Bad Drawings is a delightful re-education in math that empowers readers with a joyful appreciation and powerful understanding of how math works in our daily lives.

In Math With Bad Drawings, Ben Orlin answers math’s three big questions: Why do I need to learn this? When am I ever going to use it? Why is it so hard? The answers come in various forms-cartoons, drawings, jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that math should belong to everyone.

Eschewing the tired old curriculum that begins in the wading pool of addition and subtraction and progresses to the shark infested waters of calculus (AKA the Great Weed Out Course), Orlin instead shows us how to think like a mathematician by teaching us a new game of Tic-Tac-Toe, how to understand an economic crisis by rolling a pair of dice, and the mathematical reason why you should never buy a second lottery ticket.

Every example in the book is illustrated with his trademark “bad drawings,” which convey both his humor and his message with perfect pitch and clarity. Organized by unconventional but compelling topics such as “Statistics: The Fine Art of Honest Lying,” “Design: The Geometry of Stuff That Works,” and “Probability: The Mathematics of Maybe,” Math With Bad Drawings is a perfect read for fans of illustrated popular science.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Mathematics / Essays

On Sale: September 18th 2018

Price: $14.99 / $18.99 (CDN)

Page Count: 376

ISBN-13: 9780316509022

Praise

"Brilliant, wide ranging, and irreverent, Math with Bad Drawings adds ha ha to aha. It'll make you smile - plus it might just make you smarter and wiser."—Steven Strogatz, Professor of Mathematics, Cornell University, author of The Joy of x
"Orlin's ability to masterfully convey interesting and complex mathematical ideas through the whimsy of drawings (that, contrary to the suggestion of the title, are actually not that bad) is unparalleled. This is a great work showing the beauty of mathematics as it relates to our world. This is a must read for anyone who ever thought math isn't fun, or doesn't apply to the world we live in!"—John Urschel, mathematician named to Forbes® "30 Under 30" list of outstanding young scientists and former NFL player

Meet The Author: Ben Orlin

Ben Orlin is the author of the blog Math With Bad Drawings. He also writes on a variety of topics related to math for The Atlantic, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Business Insider. He began his teaching career in Oakland, California in a charter high school populated by students from low-income, immigrant families, where test scores ranked as high as #4 among all high schools in the state of California. He taught at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, England, and now lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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