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A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) [Anglais] [Broché]

Barbara Oakley
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Thomas Edison is one of the most prolific inventors in history, with over one thousand patents to his name. Nothing got in the way of his creativity. Even as his lab was burning to the ground in a horrific accidental fire, Edison was excitedly sketching up plans for a new lab, even bigger and better than before. How could Edison be so phenomenally creative? The answer, as you’ll see, relates to his unusual tricks for shifting his mode of thinking.

Shifting between the focused and diffuse modes

For most people, shifting from focused to diffuse mode happens naturally if you distract yourself and then allow a little time to pass. You can go for a walk, take a nap, or go to the gym. Or you can work on something that occupies other parts of your brain: listening to music, conjugating Spanish verbs, or cleaning your gerbil cage The key is to do something else until your brain is consciously free of any thought of the problem. Unless other tricks are brought into play, this generally takes several hours. You may say – I don’t have that kind of time. You do, however, if you simply switch your focus to other things you need to do, and mix in a little relaxing break time.

Creativity expert Howard Gruber has suggested that one of the three "B’s" usually seems to do the trick: the bed, the bath, or the bus One remarkably inventive chemist of the mid-1800s, Alexander Williamson, observed that a solitary walk was worth a week in the laboratory in helping him progress in his work.(Lucky for him there were no smartphones then.) Walking spurs creativity in many fields; a number of famous writers, for example, including Jane Austen, Carl Sandburg, and Charles Dickens, found inspiration during their frequent long walks.

Once you are distracted from the problem at hand, the diffuse mode has access and can begin pinging about in its big-picture way to settle on a solution. After your break, when you return to the problem at hand, you will often be surprised at how easily the solution pops into place. Even if the solution doesn’t appear, you will often be further along in your understanding. It can take a lot of hard, focused mode work beforehand, but the sudden, unexpected solution that emerges from the diffuse mode can make it feel almost like the "Ah-hah!" mode.

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“A good teacher will leave you educated. But a great teacher will leave you curious. Well, Barbara Oakley is a great teacher. Not only does she have a mind for numbers, she has a way with words, and she makes every one of them count.”
—Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel’s "Dirty Jobs" and CEO of mikeroweWORKS

“If you struggled through math and slept through science, there’s hope. In A Mind for Numbers, polymath Barbara Oakley reveals how to unlock the analytic powers of our brains so we can learn how to learn. This book should be required reading for students—and for my mother.”
—Adam Grant, New York Times-bestselling author of Give and Take

"Superb not only for those who are struggling or who are expert at math, but for readers who wish to think and comprehend more efficiently."
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“An ingeniously accessible introduction to the science of human cognition—along with practical advice on how to think better.”
—James Taranto, The Wall Street Journal
“In my book The Math Instinct, I described how we have known since the early 1990s that all ordinary people can do mathematics, and in The Math Gene, I explained why the capacity for mathematical thinking is both a natural consequence of evolution and yet requires effort to unleash it. What I did not do is show how to tap in to that innate ability. Professor Oakley does just that.”
—Keith Devlin, NPR Weekend Edition’s “Math Guy”

“A wonderful book! How do you come to love math and science, and how do you come to learn math and science? Read A Mind for Numbers. Barbara Oakley is the magician who will help you do both.”
—Francisco J. Ayala, University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, and former President and Chairman of the Board, American Association for the Advancement of Science

“Being good at science and mathematics isn’t just something you are; it’s something you become. This users’ guide to the brain unmasks the mystery around achieving success in mathematics and science. I have seen far too many students opt out when they hit a rough patch. But now that learners have a handy guide for ‘knowing better’ they will also be able to ‘do better.’”
—Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science
A Mind for Numbers is an excellent book about how to approach mathematics, science, or any realm where problem solving plays a prominent role.” 
—J. Michael Shaughnessy, Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
“I have not been this excited about a book in a long time. Giving students deep knowledge on how to learn will lead to higher retention and student success in every field. It is a gift that will last them a lifetime.”
—Robert R Gamache, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and International Relations, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
A Mind for Numbers helps put students in the driver’s seat—empowering them to learn more deeply and easily. This outstanding book is also a useful resource for instructional leaders. Given the urgent need for America to improve its science and math education so it can stay competitive, A Mind for Numbers is a welcome find.”
—Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children's Zone
"It's easy to say 'work smarter, not harder,' but Barbara Oakley actually shows you how to do just that, in a fast-paced and accessible book that collects tips based on experience and sound science.  In fact, I'm going to incorporate some of these tips into my own teaching."  
—Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law, The University of Tennessee
A Mind for Numbers is a splendid resource for how to approach mathematics learning and in fact learning in any area. Barbara Oakley’s authoritative guide is based on the latest research in the cognitive sciences, and provides a clear, concise, and entertaining roadmap for how to get the most out of learning. This is a must-read for anyone who has struggled with mathematics and anyone interested in enhancing their learning experience.”
—David C. Geary, Curators’ Professor of Psychological Sciences and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, University of Missouri
“For students afraid of math and science and for those who love the subjects, this engaging book provides guidance in establishing study habits that take advantage of how the brain works.”
—Deborah Schifter, Principal Research Scientist, Science and Mathematics Programs, Education Development Center, Inc.

“A Mind for Numbers explains the process of learning in a fascinating and utterly memorable way. This book is a classic, not only for learners of all ages, but for teachers of all kinds.”
—Frances R. Spielhagen, Ph.D., Director, Center for Adolescent Research and Development, Mount Saint Mary College

Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 336 pages
  • Editeur : Tarcher (31 juillet 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 039916524X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165245
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,1 x 15,7 x 2,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.3 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 rien de bien nouveau 8 septembre 2014
Par nathalie
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J'ai été un peu déçue par ce livre. Beaucoup de recommandations sont bien connues, comme travailler régulièrement plutôt que de tout réviser frénétiquement quelques jours avant les examens, dormir suffisamment, éteindre son portable quand on travaille, etc. D'autres relèvent du bon sens : on se doute que surligner abondamment son poly de cours avec de jolies couleurs ne permet pas d'en retenir le contenu.
Enfin, on ne voit pas en quoi ces conseils très généraux s'appliquent plus particulièrement aux maths...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un parfait complément au Mooc Coursera 12 septembre 2014
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J'ai acheté ce livre en complément au Mooc Coursera Learn how to learn.
Outre les exemples très parlants, il est plein de conseils et d'explications sur le fonctionnement du cerveau et donne des techniques simples de gestion du temps comme le pomodoro.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superbe livre ! 2 août 2014
Par peter
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Pour l'instant, je l'ai rapidement parcourut pour pourvoir lui donnée une note (j'ai lut les 2 premiers chapitres maintenant):

Il me faut dire que j'ai lut environ 3-4 livres sur le sujet des méthodes d'apprentissage, et le style d’écriture, ainsi que le contenu, semble bien supérieur a ceux-la !

Note importante : Ce livre va de pair avec le cours en ligne (MOOC), sur Coursera, qui enseigne ces techniques a l'aide de videos et d'exercices, un plus quant on parle de techniques que l'on doit apprendre a travers leurs utilisation !

Pour ceux que cela intéresserait, la première session a été lancée le 1er Aout 2014 (Hier, selon la date de publication de ce commentaire) :

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Being a Better Learner 2 août 2014
Par B.L. - Publié sur Amazon.com
I think that this book potentially has a lot of value to offer to the reader. I came to it as someone who's going to be taking some fairly high level math/science courses in the near future, and I've been working on refreshing my mind on the subject matter and updating some of my thoughts on study techniques in hopes of making the transition a smooth one. I've been looking at a lot of materials for this, and also for some other learning-related projects I've done over the past year.

Because of that background, a fair bit of what came up in this book was familiar. Some of the historical anecdotes have popped up in other books, like Moonwalking With Einstein. The author really isn't pretending to have invented everything she's talking about, because she makes reference to research results and has endnotes leading to more information. I don't think that this takes away all of the value of the book, though, because it's a compilation of bits of information you could otherwise gather in many different places. Basically, you're spending a few dollars to have someone sum it and try to put it into a sensible order for you.

I think the target market here includes fairly sophisticated high school students, but it's overall more suitable for adults who are already reasonably educated. The author is currently running a free course (there's a paid certificate, but that's optional) through Coursera called "Learning How to Learn" where it basically says that the book and course were designed to go together. That seems about right to me, because most of the people who participate in Coursera courses regularly are those who have at least some college background.

My feeling is that there's enough value in here to quite easily justify buying and reading it. Considering how many hours a week go into a student's courseload, and how much money is involved, if something in here clicks for you and works, it'll quite easily give you the boost in saved time and performance to justify what you put into it. Even as someone who is already familiar with quite a bit of what's in here, it's nice to have it in one place so that I can easily go back later to glance back at the ideas proposed, and to refine my studying approach over time to try to do better.

I've only had the book a very brief time, because its only just been released. Obviously that time frame is too short to be able to make any wild claims about it vastly changing my grades or something. I am happy that I got it, though, and I'm intending to follow along with the Coursera class as well. I expect that the refresher and expansion on good learning techniques I'm getting here is going to end up bringing me a lot of benefit over the next few years. If I should discover otherwise, of course, I'll come back and update my review to reflect that.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant strategies we should know about but that nobody ever teaches us directly 31 juillet 2014
Par John Bartelt - Publié sur Amazon.com
“How to excel at stuff” books have always clogged the self-help shelves. They usually contain five or ten logical thoughts that have been bloated into a full book.

On very rare occasion, however, something comes along that’s “the real deal”, that contains no “filler”, that actually, truly, and tangibly boosts our learning abilities and human potential; that shows us how to think with a razor-sharp mind; that offers us a clarity that we should know but that nobody ever teaches us directly. This is it.

This book beautifully and brilliantly outlines strategies, and presents practical and easy-to-understand mental tools that really work, to literally rewire the brain for a rich and comprehensive understanding - not only of math and science, as the title would suggest, but of any content - through approaches more creative and effective than anything I’ve seen anywhere. It is engaging to read, worth its weight in gold, and has certainly sharpened the way I approach thinking optimally and solving problems.

Full disclosure: Although I have never met the author in person, I was fortunate enough to have been contacted by her and sent an early draft of this work for review and feedback. I recognized immediately that this work was not only significant and meaningful, but also incredibly well put together, and deserving of a place on the bookshelf of anyone with a serious interest in learning theory, education, psychology, andragogy, or just plain self-improvement. The final published version is even more powerful and masterfully crafted. I plan to re-read and re-absorb its invaluable lessons periodically.

This book is the real deal.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book has been brilliantly and lovingly constructed from the ground up as a ... 7 août 2014
Par Dauven the Rat - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book has been brilliantly and lovingly constructed from the ground up as a guide to 'how to think and integrate new information.'

I know that sounds a bit dauntingly broad, but I'll tell you, after just six days and four chapters, I'm thinking so much more clearly, and integrating new information faster than I ever have before.

Speaking as someone who has ADHD, I've always had difficulty concentrating for long periods of time. I thought it was the only way to learn. This book not only shows simple solutions for the issues that I have, but it provides methods of working with the difficulties I have and STILL being able to learn effectively. I was so overwhelmingly relieved when I started reading that there were a couple of instances where I downright cried.

But in all seriousness, this book isn't just for helping with Math or Science! It also outlines simple and effective methods for:
Organizing new information
Improving your information recall
Avoiding procrastination
Accessing your creativity
Avoiding "Illusions of learning"
and many more, all in a read that somehow manages to be entertaining while it teaches you.

As a self help connoisseur, I haven't found a text that's so obviously filled with love in a long, long time. Barbara Oakley obviously cares a great deal about bringing the science of learning to be able to take so much time to bring it down to a level that even I, with my organizational difficulties, can understand.

In short, BUY THIS BOOK!
It'll help you with literally EVERYTHING in your life, from tackling Calculus problems to washing your dishes!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is a must have! 5 août 2014
Par F. Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I can't seem to put the book down. It offers new approaches to study and retaining information from a academic point of view. Mrs. Oakley, thank you for providing so much in terms I can understand. Normally when a person of your background write literature, all meaning is lost because of the high tech words. You kept it simple and related it to everyday life, that is what makes this book brilliant. This book hits on a serious problem with society today. No one knows how to learn correctly. A note to this generation of parents, get this book and help your child be more successful in life.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed by misleading title and description 21 août 2014
Par Deduction - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Let me spare you the disappointment and $10:

If you’re buying this book because you think it’s going to teach you mathematical insights that people who have “a head for numbers and excel at math” know – like specific revelations about math techniques, math ideas, math intuitions, math concepts, things about numbers, what math actually is and means, how to interpret and understand specific math ideas, etc – then DO NOT buy this book.

(For these things: I recommend "Algebra Unplugged", "Mathematics for the Non mathematician", and "Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction" and http://www.felderbooks.com/papers/ to name a few resources.).

If on the other hand you want tips on how to study, tips on how not to procrastinate when it comes to studying, motivational comments from professors, and general advice like the following found in this book “exercise will help your general ability to learn" then buy this book.
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