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Many everyday problems require quick, approximate answers. Street-Fighting Mathematics teaches a crucial skill that the traditional science curriculum fails to develop: how to obtain order of magnitude estimates for a broad variety of problems. This book will be invaluable to anyone wishing to become a better informed professional. -- Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, Harvard University All students and teachers of mathematics and science, whatever their level, will find a wealth of fun and practical tools in this fantastic book. -- David MacKay, Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor of Natural Philosophy, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change Street-Fighting Mathematics taught me things I wish I'd learned years ago. It's fun, fast, and smart. Master it and you'll be dangerous. -- Steven Strogatz, Cornell University, author of The Calculus of Friendship

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Sanjoy Mahajan is Associate Professor of Applied Science and Engineering at Olin College of Engineering and Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the physics faculty. He is the author of Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving (MIT Press). Carver A. Mead is the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology. He won the 1999 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation.

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"Many everyday problems require quick, approximate answers. Street-Fighting Mathematics teaches a crucial skill that the traditional science curriculum fails to develop: how to obtain order of magnitude estimates for a broad variety of problems. This book will be invaluable to anyone wishing to become a better informed professional."--Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, Harvard University "All students and teachers of mathematics and science, whatever their level, will find a wealth of fun and practical tools in this fantastic book." David MacKay, Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor of Natural Philosophy, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change "Street-Fighting Mathematics taught me things I wish I'd learned years ago. It's fun, fast, and smart. Master it and you'll be dangerous." Steven Strogatz, Cornell University, author of The Calculus of Friendship

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