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  • Change Is the Only Constant

  • The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World
  • By: Ben Orlin
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Change Is the Only Constant

By: Ben Orlin
Narrated by: Will Collyer
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Summary

The next book from Ben Orlin, the popular math blogger and author of the underground best seller 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.

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 memorably bad drawings. By spinning 28 engaging mathematical tales, Orlin shows us that calculus is simply another language to express the very things we humans grapple with every day - love, risk, time, and most importantly, change. Divided into two parts, "Moments" and "Eternities", and drawing on everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Mark Twain to David Foster Wallace, Change Is the Only Constant unearths connections between calculus, art, literature, and a beloved dog named Elvis. This is not just math for math's sake; it's math for the sake of becoming a wiser and more thoughtful human. 

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Critic reviews

"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)

"Ben Orlin has written a funny, smart, endlessly engaging book - that just happens to be about one of the most important and complicated subjects on the planet. If you love math, this book is for you. But if you've ever felt intimidated by math, or you've wondered why you should care about it, then this book is even more for you. (Don't tell the math people I said that.)" (David Litt, New York Times best-selling author of Thanks, Obama and Obama speechwriter)

"Orlin guides us through the attic of calculus, which is filled not only with mathematical facts, but with true stories, riddles, mathematical fables, and paradoxes. This is the book I wish I had before I'd ever heard what a limit is." (Zach Weinersmith, author of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

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