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In this world, math and humor are synonymous A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into .

In this world, math and humor are synonymous. Riot at the Calc Exam is a proof of this fact. A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into mathematics and the culture of mathematicians. Appropriate for mathematicians, math students, math teachers, lay people with an interest in mathematics, and indeed everyone else. had me laughing out loud.

Colin Adams is an accomplished mathematician and a prolific author. For example, his book on knot theory, The Knot Book, is beautifully written. His book How to Ace Calculus, written with Abigail Thompson and Joel Hass, is a very useful text (I've used it with my own children), and it is full of humor. The present book, Riot at the Calc Exam, is a collection of humorous short essays, most of which have previously appeared in the Mathematical Intelligencer. I think the essay that gave its title to the book is the best; when I read it I laughed so much the tears rolled down my cheeks.

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Especially if you're mathematically bent. In this world, math and humor are synonymous Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've. In the world of Colin Adams, differential equations bring on tears of laughter. Hollywood producers hire algebraic geometers to punch up a script. In this world, math and humor are synonymous. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. Electronic Portable Instruments: Design and Applications.

Especially if you’re mathematically bent. Mathematics Today August 2012

Especially if you’re mathematically bent. Mathematics Today August 2012.

Finally, a collection of hilarious mathematical stories by Colin Adams! Most of these stories were previously published in his Mathematically Bent column in the Mathematical . Riot at the Calc Exam.

Finally, a collection of hilarious mathematical stories by Colin Adams! Most of these stories were previously published in his Mathematically Bent column in the Mathematical Intelligencer. In part, this is because some of them really do not quite qualify as & as I've narrowly defined that term for these purposes.

Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories. Publisher: American Mathematical Society. None of the stories require any mathematical sophistication to enjoy, although the author does include notes at the end of the book to give context to some of the mathematical references in the stories. I think that any student would be able to enjoy this book, and it might provide them some much-needed levity after a long afternoon of homework. This book is a romp through the wild world of mathematics.

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What's so funny about math? Lots! Especially if you're mathematically bent. In the world of Colin Adams, differential equations bring on tears of laughter. Hollywood producers hire algebraic geometers to punch up a script. In this world, math and humor are synonymous. Riot at the Calc Exam is a proof of this fact. A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into mathematics and the culture of mathematicians. Appropriate for mathematicians, math students, math teachers, lay people with an interest in mathematics, and indeed everyone else. This book is a romp through the wild world of mathematics.

Comments: (4)

Doulkree
Riot at the Calc Exam is a very funny collection of short stories with a mathematical flavor. Colin's sense of humor is very dry, which I happen to really like. I was originally introduced to the his writing in the column he writes for the Mathematical Intelligencer and was excited to see that he has published his stories in a book as well as having written others (Zombies and Calculus, loved it). His wit and humor are sharp and there are many carefully thought out math puns, plays on words, jokes, and situational humor. I would suggest this to someone who is familiar with math and enjoys the topic professionally or as a hobby. If you don't "get" or enjoy math than I don't think you would really enjoy the book as many of the jokes and humor centers around subtle aspects of math. However if you love math as a hobby, as I do, I think you will find this book hilarious.
Mikale
The back cover claims the book is "Appropriate for mathematicians, math students...and indeed everyone else". Well, I am not sure that the book will make a good surprise birthday present for just any non-mathematical "else". Perhaps the "else" should be restricted to the subset who have had occasion to cringe at the oddball math journals thrusting at them from the library rack, with their incomprehensible jargon-laden titles and abstracts. Such a reader might appreciate the constant put downs of the "bad guys" in the stories, the contributors to said journals. But only those who appreciate math, those who can see the mistake on the front cover of the book, those with a good training in at least the standard university calculus curriculum, will experience the smug satisfaction of "getting it", meaning experiencing some really good mathematics in the stories. With so many anti-hero mathematicians featured in the stories, the reader is allowed to freshly ponder questions like: What good is this math for me? Is it more beautiful and useful, now that the professionals have had their foibles exposed?

Perhaps mathematics, by definition (ha ha), is inevitably a serious subject. If not, then why didn't the niche market in math humor blossom a long time ago? The book has some serious endnotes about the math concepts featured in the stories. Perhaps the book needs a more serious introduction as well. For example, think of what Jewish jokes have done for Judaism -- it is difficult to imagine the field having survived and prospered without being buoyed up by the humor. In the long run, maybe humor could eventually play a similar role for professional mathematics.
Kesalard
Boring and kind of dumb.
Chankane
Colin Adams is an accomplished mathematician and a prolific author. For example, his book on knot theory, The Knot Book, is beautifully written. His book How to Ace Calculus, written with Abigail Thompson and Joel Hass, is a very useful text (I've used it with my own children), and it is full of humor. The present book, Riot at the Calc Exam, is a collection of humorous short essays, most of which have previously appeared in the Mathematical Intelligencer. I think the essay that gave its title to the book is the best; when I read it I laughed so much the tears rolled down my cheeks.

The audience for this book is probably quite small; math grads and profs are the obvious readership, and it isn't clear that the book would appeal to a much larger readership. Also, the kind of humor is best consumed in small doses. I wouldn't advise reading the book in a single reading. One story per week would be about right.
Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories download epub
Humor
Author: Colin Adams
ISBN: 0821848178
Category: Humor & Entertainment
Subcategory: Humor
Language: English
Publisher: American Mathematical Society; New ed. edition (July 21, 2009)
Pages: 271 pages