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The Mathematical Mechanic by Mark Levi
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Feb 24, 2011

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A delightful tour through various fields of math. Levi develops intuitive explanations for mathematical concepts by performing thought experiements. The theme that draws the book together is that the experiments rely on the reader's familiarity with real-world objects such as springs and fish tanks. The book does not focus on generalizable problem-solving techniques, so it wasn't especially helpful to me for use in class. But I found it fun that you can use a fishtank to demonstrate the Pythagorean theorem.

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