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Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving (The MIT Press)

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Too much mathematical rigor teaches rigor mortis: the fear of making an unjustified leap even when it lands on a correct result. Instead of paralysis, have courage—shoot first and ask questions later. Although unwise as public policy, it is a valuable problem-solving philosophy, and it is the theme of this book: how to guess answers without a proof or an exact calculation.

Educated guessing and opportunistic problem solving require a toolbox. A tool, to paraphrase George Polya, is a trick I use twice. This book builds, sharpens, and demonstrates tools useful across diverse fields of human knowledge. The diverse examples help separate the tool—the general principle—from the particular applications so that you can grasp and transfer the tool to problems of particular interest to you.

The examples used to teach the tools include guessing integrals without integrating, refuting a common argument in the media, extracting physical properties from nonlinear differential equations, estimating drag forces without solving the Navier–Stokes equations, finding the shortest path that bisects a triangle, guessing bond angles, and summing infinite series whose every term is unknown and transcendental.
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Linux Firewalls (3rd Edition)
Linux Firewalls (3rd Edition)
An Internet-connected Linux machine is in a high-risk situation. This book details security steps that a home or small-to-mid-size, non-enterprise business might take to protect itself from potential remote attackers. As with the first edition, this book will provide a description of the need for security measures and solutions built upon the most...
Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math
Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math

A fascinating journey into the mind-bending world of prime numbers

Cicadas of the genus Magicicada appear once every 7, 13, or 17 years. Is it just a coincidence that these are all prime numbers? How do twin primes differ from cousin primes, and what on earth (or in the mind of a mathematician) could be sexy about prime numbers?
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The C++ Standard Library: A Tutorial and Reference (2nd Edition)
The C++ Standard Library: A Tutorial and Reference (2nd Edition)

The Best-Selling C++ Resource

Now Updated for C++11

 

The C++ standard library provides a set of common classes and interfaces that greatly extend the core C++ language. The library, however, is not self-explanatory. To make full...


Kafka: The Definitive Guide: Real-time data and stream processing at scale
Kafka: The Definitive Guide: Real-time data and stream processing at scale

Learn how to take full advantage of Apache Kafka, the distributed, publish-subscribe queue for handling real-time data feeds. With this comprehensive book, you’ll understand how Kafka works and how it’s designed. Authors Neha Narkhede, Gwen Shapira, and Todd Palino show you how to deploy production Kafka clusters; secure,...

Agile UX Storytelling: Crafting Stories for Better Software Development
Agile UX Storytelling: Crafting Stories for Better Software Development

Learn how to use stories throughout the agile software development lifecycle. Through lessons and examples, Agile UX Storytelling demonstrates to product owners, customers, scrum masters, software developers, and designers how to craft stories to facilitate communication, identify problems and patterns, refine collaborative...

Distributed Algorithms: An Intuitive Approach (The MIT Press)
Distributed Algorithms: An Intuitive Approach (The MIT Press)

A comprehensive guide to distributed algorithms that emphasizes examples and exercises rather than mathematical argumentation.

This book offers students and researchers a guide to distributed algorithms that emphasizes examples and exercises rather than the intricacies of mathematical models. It avoids mathematical...

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