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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.