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The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life while Corresponding about Math

The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life while Corresponding about Math (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Strogatz, Steven

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The Calculus of Friendship is the story of an extraordinary connection between a teacher and a student, as chronicled through more than thirty years of letters between them. What makes their relationship unique is that it is based almost entirely on a shared love of calculus. For... them, calculus is more than a branch of mathematics; it is a game they love playing together, a constant when all else is in flux. The teacher goes from the prime of his career to retirement, competes in whitewater kayaking at the international level, and loses a son. The student matures from high school math whiz to Ivy League professor, suffers the sudden death of a parent, and blunders into a marriage destined to fail. Yet through it all they take refuge in the haven of calculus--until a day comes when calculus is no longer enough. Like calculus itself, The Calculus of Friendship is an exploration of change. It's about the transformation that takes place in a student's heart, as he and his teacher reverse roles, as they age, as they are buffeted by life itself. Written by a renowned teacher and communicator of mathematics, The Calculus of Friendship is warm, intimate, and deeply moving. The most inspiring ideas of calculus, differential equations, and chaos theory are explained through metaphors, images, and anecdotes in a way that all readers will find beautiful, and even poignant. Math enthusiasts, from high school students to professionals, will delight in the offbeat problems and lucid explanations in the letters. For anyone whose life has been changed by a mentor, The Calculus of Friendship will be an unforgettable journey.
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ISBN 9780691150383
Released NZ 15 Mar 2011
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Language English (translated from: English)
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ISBN-13 9780691150383
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 15 Mar 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Calculus & Mathematical Analysis
Popular Science
Number of Pages 184
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 510.92
Weight 227g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Differential equations, Chaotic behavior in systems, Calculus, Mathematicians, Strogatz, Steven H
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly