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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
 

Tells the story of an extraordinary connection between a teacher and a student. This title describes 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.

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ISBN 9780691150383
Barcode 9780691150383
Published 15 March 2011
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
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ISBN-13 9780691150383
ISBN-10 0691150389
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 15 March 2011
International Publication Date 27 March 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
Education
Mathematics
Calculus & Mathematical Analysis
Popular Science
Number of Pages 184
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 13mm
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 College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 510.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The story of the correspondence between these two men is at once charming and subtly powerful. Strogatz writes directly and honestly, telling the story of a slow-growing friendship that was at once somewhat stilted and yet deep and sustaining. The immediacy and intimacy of Strogatz's writing transform the pleasures and tragedies of normal life into the elements of a compelling narrative, and because the book works so well on this human level, it also very effective in presenting some important lessons about education and about mathematics. -- Mathrecreation blog
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. His books include the best-selling Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order (Hyperion). He has written for the New York Times 's Opinionator blog.

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