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Thinking Mathematically Paperback – 1 Jan 1985

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 1 edition (1 Jan. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201102382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201102383
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In my experience there are no books that could be termed "life changing". Except this one :)
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!
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"Thinking Mathematically" is a wonderful book that I warmly recommend to anyone teaching mathematics, at any level, from primary school to university lecturer. I was recently involved in designing an undergraduate course incorporating mathematical writing and thinking, and problem solving. I have only subsequently discovered this book - and John Mason's "Learning and Doing Mathematics" - when I come to write the lectures for the course, these two books will be my main references. There are many excellent open-ended problems for investigation, and the thought processes involved in thinking mathematically are beautifully explained. The problems are at a sufficiently low level that they are likely to be useful for teachers at all levels. I shall encourage our library to buy copies of these books and will strongly recommend them to our students.
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This book requires no specialist maths knowledge (hardly any required) but almost from the first page will immerse you in the techniques and strategies which underly mathematical thinking.
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.
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I would recommend for everybody who has an interest in mathematics and the development of his mind, whatever his age or education. I've got a lot of mathematical books but this one is a very special one, because it is the only one that could hook me from page one till the end.
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.
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I brought this skeptically wondering whether it would just be another one of those dreary hopefulls that don't do the subject of maths any justice. I was pleasantly suprised however to discover that, not only does this book contain many interesting mathmatical puzzles and questions but it also teaches you how to think like a mathematician. (better than some of my maths teachers have done I might add!)

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!
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