In “Why Math isn’t an Awful Nerd” Jason Marshall, the guy behind the incredibly popular Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Tips podcast, shows readers how insanely easy and downright elegant math can be. Marshall focuses on perfect squares and patterns (hint: they’re called perfect squares for a reason), and clearly—and most importantly concisely—explains step-by-step how numbers work. Multiple games and puzzles re-enforce the concepts Marshall presents, making for a crazy fun, accidental learning experience. Perfect for anyone looking for a leg-up on their algebra homework, that won’t put them to sleep.
And if this e-book leaves you wanting even more! more! more! there’s The Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra, with even more math number games, explanations, and—dare we say it—fun.
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Pure mathematics is the world's best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It's free. It can be played anywhere--Archimedes did it in a bathtub.
--Richard J. Trudeau, Dots and Lines
There's a giant conspiracy in the world to make people think that math is awful. And a lot of people have bought into it. To be honest, I don't blame them--or perhaps you--because, frankly, math can be awful when it's presented to you in a boring and awful
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When not writing and hosting the Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier podcast, Jason Marshall works as a staff research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars. Before that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Jason obtained a PhD from Cornell University, where he worked with the team of astronomers that built the IRS (nothing to do with taxes) instrument for the Spitzer Space Telescope and helped teach many physics and astronomy classes. In addition to these astronomical pursuits, Jason has many earthly interests: traveling the world, tinkering with technology, watching and playing soccer, and spending time with his wife, Shannon, fixing up their small but increasingly comfortable Los Angeles area home.