Six reasoning tools to make hard problems easy

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Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and
Opportunistic Problem Solving

"Street-Fighting Mathematics taught me things I wish I'd learned years ago. It's fun, fast, and smart. Master it and you'll be dangerous."---Steven Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell

"...this book makes us smarter...should be required reading for scientists and engineers." ---John Regehr, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah.

"All students and teachers of mathematics and science, whatever their level, will find a wealth of fun and practical tools in this fantastic book."---David MacKay, Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Cambridge, and Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom's Department of Energy and Climate Change

"Bottom line: This is a very creative book...replete with tricks, short cuts, and thought-provoking questions."---John A. Adam, co-author of Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin

"...a treasure trove of intuitive, practical, and brilliant mathematical techniques."---Rahul Sarpeshkar, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT

"...continues the great tradition of Polya's How to Solve It"---Robert Kaplan, co-author of Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

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