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Thinking Mathematically Paperback – 1 Jan 1985
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My view of mathematics was as a dry, complete subject until I met the work of John Mason during my mathematics degree with the OU. This book completed what he started there - and changed me into a passionate mathematician, as opposed to someone who could simply do maths.
'Thinking Mathematically' helps teach you how to literally think like a mathematician, something that a lot of schools fail at. It uses a series of problems that are genuinely interesting and guides you through the process of solving them. For example; "How many squares are on a chessboard?" (It's not 64!).
The books only drawback is that time is not just spent on reading, but also really working on the problems, many of which do not have solutions, and thus I have never manged to finish it!
A wonderful book. Buy now!
I've used this book for many years and still keep coming back to it.
It is the only book I've ever seen which addresses the true emotional states a problem solver must go through AND shows you how to deal with them. Best of all, it will teach you to ask your own questions and find your own answers by the time you reach the end.
I'd suggest one takes one time to really absorb the tips presented in the book - well worth it.
It is not a book for readers but a book for people who want to be actively involved with thinking and mathematics. And when I say mathematics I do not mean those high school mathematics books that are designed to torture every student. When you are going to study science at university i would recommend reading this book, because it develops your brain-solving capabilities.
If you buy this book don't expect to read it in a week though because it has to be worked through not read and the amount you will get from it depends on the amount of effort you put in!