Subject(s) 
Problem solving


Hypothesis


Estimation theory

Physical Description 
xv, 134 p. : ill. ; 23 cm 
Note 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [123]125) and index 
Review 
"In StreetFighting Mathematics, Sanjoy Mahajan builds, sharpens, and demonstrates tools for educated guessing and downanddirty, opportunistic problem solving across diverse fields of knowledge  from mathematics to management. Mahajan describes six tools: dimensional analysis, easy cases, lumping, picture proofs, successive approximation, and reasoning by analogy. Illustrating each tool with numerous examples, he carefully separates the tool  the general principle  from the particular application so that the reader can most easily grasp the tool itself to use on problems of particular interest." "StreetFighting Mathematics grew out of a short course taught by the author at MIT for students ranging from firstyear undergraduates to graduate students ready for careers in physics, mathematics, management, electrical engineering, computer science, and biology. They benefited from an approach that avoided rigor and taught them how to use mathematics to solve real problems."BOOK JACKET 
