A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) Author Barbara Oakley
ISBN-10 039916524X
ISBN-13 9780399165245
Year 2014-07-31
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher TarcherPerigee
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The companion book to COURSERA s wildly popular massive open online course Learning How to Learn Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement or you are embarking on a career change that requires a new skill set A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating material Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math She flunked her way through high school math and science courses before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her optionsboth to rise in the military and to explore other careersshe returned to school with a newfound determination to re tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life In A Mind for Numbers Dr Oakley lets us in on the secrets to learning effectivelysecrets that even dedicated and successful students wish theyd known earlier Contrary to popular belief math requires creative as well as analytical thinking Most people think that theres only one way to do a problem when in actuality there are often a number of different solutionsyou just need the creativity to see them For example there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem In short studying a problem in a laser focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn Rather it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over The learning strategies in this book apply not only to math and science but to any subject in which we struggle We all have what it takes to excel in areas that don t seem to come naturally to us at first and learning them does not have to be as painful as we might think

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