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# Change is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World

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**An exploration of the intersection between calculus and daily life, complete with Orlin's humor and bad drawings.**

By spinning 28 mathematical tales, Orlin shows us that calculus is simply another language to express the very things we humans grapple with every day -- love, risk, time, and most importantly, change. Divided into two parts, "Moments" and "Eternities," and dra ...more

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Hardcover, 320 pages

Published
October 8th 2019
by Black Dog & Leventhal

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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 mathematician much more skilled and intellectually serious than yourself.)

2. Teach high school math. Come to see calculus through the students' eyes: a thicket of symbols, their meanings obscure. Get a little sad about that.

3. Try to rejuvenate the st ...more

There are too many chapters to give a chapter by chapter summary. But the book is divided into two sections based on the two main mathematical parts that make up calculus.

The first section covers "Differentiation" and the deri ...more

**Entertaining and informative**

Here's the deal: I'm an engineer.

Here's the other deal: I despise calculus and suck at it.

Here's the reason: Colleges teach calculus in absurdly formal, mathematical ways, focusing on having students learn a bunch of formulas rather than on having them understand what any of it means anyway. On top of that, the reliance on the antiderivative as an integral method means students spend years trying to perfect this skill - even when as professionals most won't use it at ...more

*The Best at It*, in which the main character takes part in his school's Mathletes club. While the book isn't necessarily centered on math, it did help put me (a math-averse adult) back into the right frame of mind to consider math A) a thing that is part of daily life and B) a thing that some people do for

*fun*(WHAT).

I'm not normally much of a "math person," in that I deliberately avoided as much math as I could in sc ...more

(**tiny tiny wishing there was a little bit more meat in the integral calculus section.)

I think we should buy a bunch of these and leave them lying around high-schools.

If you come in not knowing much, you're not going to leave understanding calculus with anywhere near the rigor you'd expect from a college course or even a well-taught AP Calculus course, but you will ga ...more

*Math With Bad Drawings*,

*Change is the Only Constant*reveals the many relationships between mathematics (calculus in this case) and the world. I would expect that the book would be more enjoyable for those with exposure to calculus, but most readers will still be able to appreciate how the chapters aim to bridge the two realms, revealing not only mathematical beauty ("What the Wind Leaves Behind" - limits, "The Green-Haired Girl and the Super-Dimensional Whorl" - der ...more

It makes it a book really only for the most intellectual people, which is ironic, especially given the chapter on David Foster Wallace and big math words. I wish it were more accessible.

Probably a great introduction to thinking about calculus if you’ve never encountered the subject before.

I definitely would recommend this, even to those who dislike math.

Thanks to Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers for the advanced copy. ...more

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