The Cartoon Guide to Calculus by Larry Gonick
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“In Gonick’s work, clever design and illustration make complicated ideas or insights strikingly clear.”
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Larry Gonick, master cartoonist, former Harvard instructor, and creator of the New York Times bestselling, Harvey Award-winning Cartoon Guide series now does for calculus what he previously did for science and history: making a complex subject comprehensible, fascinating, and fun through witty text and light-hearted graphics. Gonick’s The Cartoon Guide to Calculus is a refreshingly humorous, remarkably thorough guide to general calculus that, like his earlier Cartoon Guide to Physics and Cartoon History of the Modern World, will prove a boon to students, educators, and eager learners everywhere.


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Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for over forty years-he wrote his first guide in 1971: Blood From a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in Mathematics) and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.
Published December 27, 2011 by William Morrow. 256 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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While most texts map equations onto lines or curves on a standard x-y axis, Gonick introduces parallel lines with arrows connecting an x value on one line to its f(x) value on the parallel line.

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