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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 9781400830886
Barcode 9781400830886
Published 7 March 2011
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
Availability Wheelers ePlatform

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ISBN-13 9781400830886
ISBN-10 1400830885
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 7 March 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format EPUB ebook – Course Book
Edition Course Book
Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Literature: Texts
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Literature: Special Interest
Education
Politics & Government
Elections & Referenda
Political Structures: Democracy
Law
Mathematics
Calculus & Mathematical Analysis
History of Mathematics
Popular Science
Number of Pages 184
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Mathematics
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 510.922
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Electronic 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 spring of his freshman year in college, Strogatz began to exchange letters with his high school calculus teacher, Don Joffray. At some point, their amiable correspondence about math problems led to a true friendship. In The Calculus of Friendship, Strogatz weaves their letters into reflections on the philosophical similarities between calculus and human relationships and portrays a friendship firmly founded on a love of dreaming up and solving calculus problems . . . . One can also feel the personality and humor of these pen pals emerging through their symbol-sprinkled sentences.

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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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