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The Cartoon Introduction to Calculus Teaches You the Big Ideas

The Cartoon Introduction to Calculus

Have you struggled to learn Calculus? The Cartoon Introduction to Calculus is out July 16 to help you! From Grady Klein, Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., and published by Hill and Wang, the graphic novel is a supplement to traditional textbooks. The Cartoon Introduction to Calculus focuses on the big ideas rather than all the formulas you have to memorize.

Award-winning illustrator Klein and the world’s only stand-up economist Bauman guide us as we scale the dual peaks of Mount Derivative and Mount Integral. From their summits, we see how calculus relates to the rest of mathematics. Beginning with the problems of speed and area, Klein and Bauman show how the discipline is unified by a fundamental theorem.

We meet geniuses like Archimedes, Liu Hui, and Bonaventura Cavalieri. They survived the slopes on intuition but prepared us for the avalanche-like dangers posed by mathematical rigor. Then we trek onward and scramble through limits and extreme values, optimization and integration. We learn how calculus can be applied to economics, physics, and so much more. We discover that calculus isn’t the pinnacle of mathematics after all, but its tools are foundational to everything that follows. Klein and Bauman round out the book with a handy glossary of symbols and terms. You don’t have to worry about mixing up constants and constraints.

With a witty and engaging narrative full of jokes and insights, The Cartoon Introduction to Calculus is an essential primer for students or for anyone who is curious about math.

Review: Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery

When it comes to horror fiction, there very few author names, that comes with a single thought. Those single thoughts are usually tied to the feelings one had when reading these writers works and the physical effects it had on their being, such as sudden claustrophobia. I remember the firs time, I read Brandon Massey, and wondered just how twisted human beings could be. The first time I read Lovecraft, I could not sleep for days, wondering if I something I dreamt would attack me in the middle of the night.

Then there was the wild imagination of Stephen King, which would leave me uneasy for days, as he makes you suspect everyone around you. The only author that I have only been able to read and re-read, for the sheer enjoyment of wanting to be frightened, is the immortal Shirley Jackson. Her book, The Haunting Of Hill House, is one of my most cherished books, and one I would recommend, to those looking for a true scare. Which I why when I found out that her grandson did a graphic adaptation of The Lottery, I wanted to see just how faithful it would be to the original story.

The book opens on a small town, where a rather obscure ritual has endured for centuries, and one that each town person has come to expect. One by one, starting with the children, they assemble in the town square. When everyone is gathered, the lottery begins, one where each family must be represented. By story’s end, the selectee decries their fate, and this where the shock of winning the lottery is unleashed onto the reader.

Overall, a compelling richly told story, filled with dread, suspense and utter dismay that will soon not leave the reader. The story by Shirley Jackson is eerie, mysterious, and gripping. The art by Miles Hyman is both beautiful and deceptive, leaving the reader dazzled. Altogether, this adaptation does justice to a story which is probably Jackson’s most famous and deservedly so, as this proves she was a master of stories.

Story: Shirley Jackson Art: Miles Hyman
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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