Patrick Stein's Reviews > The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

The Calculus Diaries by Jennifer Ouellette
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Oct 01, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: quit-reading, math
Read from October 01 to 03, 2011

Quit reading at about page 120. It had some amusing math-history stories, but even pop math books shouldn't mangle the meaning of "density" or "proportional".

No, the density of a liter of water is NOT one kilogram.

No, the rate at which a cup of coffee cools is NOT proportional to its temperature.

In the section about craps, I was able to give her the benefit of the doubt and think she just phrased things awkwardly enough to confuse her, her physicist husband, and her editor. By the middle of Splash Mountain, there was no doubt that she and her editor were oblivious to or fine with her mangling of terms.
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