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# Math with Bad Drawings

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**Smart, hilarious, and engaging, MATH WITH BAD DRAWINGS is a delightful**

*re*-education in math that empowers readers with a joyful appreciation and powerful understanding of how math works in our daily lives.In

*MATH WITH BAD DRAWINGS*

*,*Ben Orlin answers math's three big questions: Why do I need to learn this? When am I ever going to use it? Why is it so hard? The answers ...more

Hardcover, 376 pages

Published
September 18th 2018
by Black Dog & Leventhal

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With that said, the jokes are AWESOME, the little cartoons much better than the title suggests and the (ninth grade) math is explained so well I wish I had this book in ninth grade. Perhaps these days it’s an eighth grade book, I don’t know. (My kids are still too young.)

Also, rather embarrassingly, I LEARNED STUFF FROM HERE. No, I did not learn math. I learned stuff I ought to have figured out for myself but was too ...more

I liked the basic premise of the book: explaining with the help of very basic mathematics and rudimentary but on-point drawings the real world topics/scenarios. You remember the common adage: "I never needed math after I finished school?" - The author begs to differ.

I did find the math too simplified - I personally felt that I could have stomached a lot more advanced math. But I don't believe I was ...more

Part One is on how to think like a ...more

Fables and math have a lot in common. Both come from dusty, moth-eaten books. Both are inflicted upon children. And both seek to explain the world through radical acts of simplification. If you want to reckon with the full idiosyncrasy and complexity of life, look elsewhere... math makers are more like cartoonists.

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Taken as a collection of words, literature is a dataset of extraordinary richness. Then again, take as a collection of words, literature is no longer literature. Statistics works

In addition to the funny stick man ...more

I may not have been the ...more

This is a book of humor, insight and wry observations not to mention bad mathematical drawings. For those reasons and more it is an easy recommendations.

Who should read it? Everyone. Why? This is a book that opens up slowly taking on gradually more complex topics. What makes it so enjoyable are the real world observations and applications of the mathematics explained.

In many ways no math is required to appreciate this book, the humor and ...more

However, the final two thirds of the book were devoted to favorite brother and sister subjects of every popular mathematics writer, Probability and Statistics. Is Ben Orlin clever and funny? Yes. Did I laugh at his insurance jokes? Yes. Did I find his explanation of the financial ...more

My favorite chapter is "The 10 people you meet in line for the lottery". At every turn of the page I encountered new stick figures and most of them i know personally. (OK i ...more

Orlin covers lots of ground on math with his bad drawings and easygoing writing style. There are many parts that are interesting and well-done. The chapter on triangles gave me an appreciation for that geometric form - and an awareness of why they're used in construction. My favorite part is when he got a bit philosophical in discussing the differences between math & science and how they view each other. ...more

Perhaps I wasn't in the mood or right frame of ...more

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WOW. I am wholly unsurprised that I love this book but I am surprised that I cannot even find the words to say just HOW MUCH I loved it.

I’ve been following Ben’s blog for years now and it is that uniquely math humor that just makes me laugh for the rest of the day every time I remember the joke but can’t tell anyone about it because they won’t think it’s funny.

Except in this book, they WILL think it’s funny. I think.

I could literally pick out a chapter in this book that would be fascinating ...more

I’ve been following Ben’s blog for years now and it is that uniquely math humor that just makes me laugh for the rest of the day every time I remember the joke but can’t tell anyone about it because they won’t think it’s funny.

Except in this book, they WILL think it’s funny. I think.

I could literally pick out a chapter in this book that would be fascinating ...more

Dec 29, 2019
Dan
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it was amazing
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The book was a surprise for me. The cute drawings almost deceived me into thinking the book is for kids. I was so wrong. Mathematics and its learnings are universal. Math is a powerful tool to build models in our minds and make powerful insights, interpretations, and predictions.

What is math? What defines good math? What is the difference between math and science? What shape makes a stable structure? Why the elephant's legs are thick? What makes a good die? How do probability and statistics ...more

What is math? What defines good math? What is the difference between math and science? What shape makes a stable structure? Why the elephant's legs are thick? What makes a good die? How do probability and statistics ...more

As the book progressed, I'll confess ...more

The book provides a practical perspective about math to a reader who is starting to learn about ...more

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