The Calculus Diaries

How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

By Jennifer Ouellette
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143117377, 318pp.)

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

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Description
"Kiss My Math" meets "A Tour of the Calculus"
Jennifer Ouellette never took math in college, mostly because she-like most people-assumed that she wouldn't need it in real life. But then the English-major-turned-award-winning-science-writer had a change of heart and decided to revisit the equations and formulas that had haunted her for years. "The Calculus Diaries" is the fun and fascinating account of her year spent confronting her math phobia head on. With wit and verve, Ouellette shows how she learned to apply calculus to everything from gas mileage to dieting, from the rides at Disneyland to shooting craps in Vegas-proving that even the mathematically challenged can learn the fundamentals of the universal language.



About the Author
Jennifer Ouellette is the author of "The Calculus Diaries "and other titles, and maintains the "Cocktail Party Physics "blog. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


NPR
Friday, Sep 17, 2010

In her new book The Calculus Diaries, writer Jennifer Ouellette describes the development of calculus, from Archimedes to Newton, and shows how calculus is a part of everyday life -- from amusement park rides and Vegas craps tables, to dieting and figuring out gas mileage. More at NPR.org

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