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Change Is the Only Constant

Change Is the Only Constant

The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World

The next book from Ben Orlin, the popular math blogger and author of the underground bestseller Math With Bad Drawings. Change Is The Only Constant is an engaging and eloquent exploration of the intersection between calculus and daily life, complete with Orlin’s sly humor and wonderfully bad drawings.

In this newest book following Math With Bad Drawings, Ben Orlin turns his attention to calculus. Spinning 28 engaging modern tales about math, Orlin shows us that calculus is simply another language to express the very things we humans grapple with everyday–love, risk, time, and most importantly, change. Divided into two parts, “Moments” and “Eternities,” and drawing inspiration from everyone from Sherlock Holmes to David Foster Wallace, Change Is The Only Constant demonstrates clear parallels between calculus, art, literature, and everyday life, making us all better mathematicians, yes, but more importantly teaching us to be more thoughtful humans.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Mathematics / Calculus

On Sale: October 8th 2019

Price: $27.99 / $36.49 (CAD)

Page Count: 304

ISBN-13: 9780316509084

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Praise

"Exploring calculus not with complicated equations, but with stories, tons of illustrations, and (yes!) comics, Change is the Only Constant is an impressively engaging and engrossing read. It's the first -- and so far only -- book of mathematics that I read entirely in a single sitting!"—Ryan North, author of How to Invent Everything and Dinosaur Comics
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"In Ben Orlin's delightful treatment, calculus is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get next -- a poem, a proof, a cartoon, a quip. But despite all the changes, one thing stays constant: It's one tasty morsel after another."—Steven Strogatz, professor of mathematics, Cornell University, and author of Infinite Powers
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"With wit that had me laughing from page one, Change Is the Only Constant describes calculus as a way of thinking about the world, driven by insightful and hilariously illustrated examples drawn not just from the usual suspects, like physics and economics, but from history, poetry, literature, and the thoughts of a corgi at the beach."—Grant Sanderson, creator of 3Blue1Brown
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"All the calculus you never learned, broken up, broken down, illustrated, and friendly. Orlin's storybook telling of the history of math is a treat for your inner geek, and a major gift for your adult mind. A pleasure!"—Rebecca Dinerstein, author of The Sunlit Night
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"The book is a more polished, extensive discussion of the concepts that pepper Orlin's blog, featuring his trademark caustic wit, a refreshingly breezy conversational tone, and of course, lots and lots of bad drawings. It's a great, entertaining read for neophytes and math fans alike because Orlin excels at finding novel ways to connect the math to real-world problems-or in the case of the Death Star, to problems in fictional worlds."—Ars Technica on Math With Bad Drawings
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"Ben Orlin is terribly bad at drawing. Luckily he's also fantastically clever and charming. His talents have added up to the most glorious, warm, and witty illustrated guide to the irresistible appeal of mathematics."—Hannah Fry, mathematician, University College London and BBC presenter on Math With Bad Drawings
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"Brilliant, wide ranging, and irreverent, Math with Bad Drawings adds ha ha to aha. It'll make you smile - plus it might just make you smarter and wiser."—Steven Strogatz, Author of The Joy of X on Math With Bad Drawings
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"Orlin's ability to masterfully convey interesting and complex mathematical ideas through the whimsy of drawings (that, contrary to the suggestion of the title, are actually not that bad) is unparalleled. This is a great work showing the beauty of mathematics as it relates to our world. This is a must read for anyone who ever thought math isn't fun, or doesn't apply to the world we live in!"—John Urschel, mathematician named to Forbes® "30 Under 30" list of outstanding young scientists and former NFL player on Math With Bad Drawings
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