
Re: Do We Learn All the Math We Need For Ordinary Life Before 5th Grade?
Posted:
Jan 15, 2013 1:16 PM


Robert Hansen wrote:
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=8070385
> Other than your's (and mine) puzzlement over the author's statement regarding > "working out the problems", isn't this just the expected and unavoidable > consequence of people studying what they weren't meant to study, and then > telling us of it?
Perhaps, but working through Courant's calculus text under those circumstances borders on superhuman drive. She did say that it was a Christmas present and that she worked through it "for love" (of her husband), but I suspect even the average physics Ph.D. (she said her husband is a physics Ph.D.), prior to learning calculus, wouldn't have the drive to work through Courant's Calculus on his/her own, even for love.
While I'm at it, here's another more suitable Christmas present to go with the two books I've already suggested:
W. W. Sawyer, "What is Calculus About?", 1962. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0883856026
Dave L. Renfro

