A Mind for Numbers : How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
by Barbara Oakley
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The accompanying book to COURSERA (R)’s very popular massive open online course “Learn to Learn” If you are a student of the difficulty in responding to a math or science, or you embark on a career change that requires a new skill, the Numbers sense offers the tools you need to get a better understanding of this threateningEngineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how he feels in the struggle with mathematicsShe missed her way through the high school of mathematics and science before enrolling in the army immediately after graduation.When she saw how her lack of mathematics and technical knowledge severely limited her options–both rising in the army and exploring other careers–she returned to school with a new determination to retool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her life.In A Spirit of Numbers, Dr. Oakley allows you to share with us the secrets of effective learning-secrets that even dedicated students and the success of wishing they had known previouslyContrary to popular belief, mathematics requires creativity as well as analysis and reflection.Most people think there’s only one way to deal with a problem, when in reality there are often a number of different solutions – you just need the creativity to see them.For example, there are more than three hundred different proofs of Pythagorean TheoremIn short, the study of a problem in a focused laser path to a solution is not an effective way of learning.Instead, take the time to move away from a problem and allow the most relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over.The learning strategies in this book apply not only to mathematics and science, but also to a subject in which we are struggling.We all have what it takes to excel in areas that do not seem to come naturally to us, and this learning should not be as painful as one might think.
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