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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi;

Def: kaboobly dooist - noun

One who does lots of kaboobly doo.

Are they kaboobly doo or just used by kaboobly dooists? Do mathematicians really use Simpson's ?

Now I ain't saying these guys are wrong or right. After all what the heck could a bumpkin like

me know about it?

http://faculty.etsu.edu/knisleyj/calculus/Crisis.htm

Are the books bad, or is this article kaboobly doo^kaboobly doo?

And most engineers will tell you that they have to "undo" much of what the calculus course does to their students.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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I presume you have not had the pleasure of reading AoPS's Calculus book.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

The opinions of that book are not necessarily mine. I can not get by the paradox that a calculus book says calculus books stink.

"Analytical Geometry and Calculus" by Smail and "Calculus Made Easy" were the best I have ever seen.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Have read both yet they focus too much on sheer computation.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not agree but computation is what got the Rover up there on Mars, discovers new planets, builds all the weaponry that fights our wars. I could not imagine a world without it.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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bobbym wrote:

or is this article kaboobly doo^kaboobly doo?

Yes. But then again who would buy their planned book if it was called "Yet another calculus book" ?

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I agree, that title will decrease sales. I suggest "Simply Simple Calculus."

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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