Calculus and Pizza. A Cookbook for the Hungry Mind

  • ID: 2241113
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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CALCULUS + PEPPERONI / FUN = MATH SUCCESS

Do you want to do well on your calculus exam? Are you looking for a quick refresher course? Or would you just like to get a taste of what calculus is all about? If so, you’ve selected the right book. Calculus and Pizza is a creative, surprisingly delicious overview of the essential rules and formulas of calculus, with tons of problems for the learner with a healthy appetite.

Setting up residence in a pizza parlor, Clifford Pickover focuses on procedures for solving problems, offering short, easy–to–digest chapters that allow you to quickly get the essence of a technique or question. From exponentials and logarithms to derivatives and multiple integrals, the book utilizes pepperoni, meatballs, and more to make complex topics fun to learn emphasizing basic, practical principles to help you calculate the speed of tossed pizza dough or the rising cost of eggplant parmigiana. Plus, you’ll see how simple math and a meal can solve especially curious and even mind–shattering problems.

Authoritatively and humorously written, Calculus and Pizza provides a lively and more tasteful approach to calculus.

"Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art, and thought."
Los Angeles Times

"A perpetual idea machine, Clifford Pickover is one of the most creative, original thinkers in the world today."
Journal of Recreational Mathematics

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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Pizza Velocity and the Derivative.

Derivative Definitions and Rules.

Derivatives and and Slopes.

Rules for Products and Quotients.

Chain Rule and Implicit Differentiation.

Maxima and Minima.

Min–Max Pizza Applications.

Exponentials and Logarithms.

Limits and Continuity.

Related Rates.

Integration.

Logarithmic Differentiation, Integration by Parts, Trigonometric Substitution, and Partial Fractions.

Exponential Growth and Decay.

Calculus and Computers.

Multiple Integrals.

Calculus in a Nutshell.

Luigi′s Mind–Boggling Workout Routine.

Conclusion.

Answers.

Further Reading.

Index.

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CLIFFORD A. PICKOVER is a research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He is also a prolific author of books and articles relating to science, art, and mathematics, including Black Holes: A Traveler’s Guide and Keys to Infinity, both from Wiley.
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