Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent

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A student in class asks the math teacher: "Shouldn't minus times minus make minus?" Teachers soon convince most students that it does not. Yet the innocent question brings with it a germ of mathematical creativity. What happens if we encourage that thought, odd and ungrounded though it may seem? Few books in the field of mathematics encourage such creative thinking. Fewer still are engagingly written and fun to read. This book succeeds on both counts. Alberto Martinez shows us how many of the mathematical concepts that ...

Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent 2014, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691133911

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Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent 2005, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691123097

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