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Math with Bad Drawings

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Writing this book was a five-star experience! Highly recommended. Here's what you do:

1. Study math in college. Grow to love the stuff, from the sweep of its applications down to the intricate clockwork of the deltas and epsilons. (Optional: marry a
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“Science has never been defined by infallibility or superhuman perfection. It has always been about healthy skepticism, about putting every hypothesis to the test.”
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Writing this book was a five-star experience! Highly recommended. Here's what you do:

1. Study math in college. Grow to love the stuff, from the sweep of its applications down to the intricate clockwork of the deltas and epsilons. (Optional: marry a
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A mathematician friend recently asked me, "Do you think pop math books could be a good way for me to learn about other fields?" (He studies partial differential equations.)

"Sure!" I said, and handed him this book. "Here's algebraic topology!"

"Great,"
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Humble Pi by Matt    Parker
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A pleasantly overstuffed book documenting mathematical errors - large and small, frivolous and fatal, from across mathematics (not to mention engineering, architecture, and computer science).

Such a catalogue might come off as pedantic or sneering,
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“Reality is a lovely starting point, but the coolest destinations lie far beyond it.”
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“It is a funny paradox of design: utility breeds beauty. There is elegance in efficiency, a visual pleasure in things that just barely work.”
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“All the world's a differential equation, and the men and women are merely variables.”
Ben Orlin, Change is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World

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“It is a funny paradox of design: utility breeds beauty. There is elegance in efficiency, a visual pleasure in things that just barely work.”
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“Reality is a lovely starting point, but the coolest destinations lie far beyond it.”
Ben Orlin, Math with Bad Drawings

“If you ditch the rulebook, you lose the grace. Even the wacky, avant-garde, convention-defying arts—experimental film, expressionist painting, professional wrestling—draw their power from playing against the limitations of the chosen medium.”
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“Creativity is what happens when a mind encounters an obstacle. It’s the human process of finding a way through, over, around, or beneath. No obstacle, no creativity.”
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“The secret to solving big problems, I learned, is knowing which little problems to ignore.”
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