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The Education of T.C. Mits: What modern mathematics means to you

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A facinating book about Math and Science!

By Michelle McHale - December 3, 2009

I love this book! I own a copy of this book from the original copyright date. It was my dad's (a mathematician) and he suggested I read it. The book was a dull yellow color with just the title on the spine. At first I had no interest. At some point, in high school, I picked it up and read it. It's a quick read, even for a slow reader. It teaches you to not make assumptions and follow up on your work. It also makes thoughtful connections between math, science, and philosophy in a humorous and light-hearted way. I recommend this book to all teachers (and students) of math and science.

A joy to read, especially recommended for public library collections to stimulate human interest in math and science.

By Midwest Book Review - October 6, 2007

Originally published in 1944, The Education of T. C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You is a unique, plain-terms introduction to the amazing world of mathematics, written for readers of all backgrounds. In higher mathematics, sometimes the most fundamental of precepts can be challenged: two times two is not always four; the sum of the angles in a triangle does not always equal 180 degrees, and two parallel lines can be drawn through the same point! The free-verse poetry format does not interfere with the straightforward message, sample problems, and mathematical explanations in the least. Simple black-and-white line drawings illustrate this amazing exploration of mathematical mysteries for "T. C. Mits", or "The Common Man in the Street". A joy to read, especially recommended for public library collections to stimulate human interest in math and science. Highly recommended. "There is one very essential difference / between the behavior of T. C. and / that of a scientist. / T... read more

Nostalgia

By Curmudgeon "Curmudgeon" - October 6, 2007

First read this in the 1950's when it sparked my interest in science and math. Bought it recently (2007) and read it again for nostalgia, and ended up incorporating it in a class I teach that focuses on getting engineers to look at things a bit differently.

A good gift for grandparents to give grandkids... read more

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