Reasonable Basic Algebra is: * An introduction that appeals to the reader's ...
Reasonable Basic Algebra is:
* An introduction that appeals to the reader's reason rather than to her/his ability to memorize.
* A complete tool for teaching "developmental" students twice a week for 15 weeks.
* A way for adults to learn some mathematics—more or less in the same spirit as mathematicians do.
* A text, with a story-line, written to be read and reread.
* A presentation that pays pedantic attention to the linguistic difficulties the reader is likely to have in mathematics.
* A political act to "enable people to get on better terms with reason—to learn to live with the truth." [Colin McGinn]
* An open source package written in LaTeX with lots of vector graphics.
* An instance of a model-theoretic approach to mathematical exposition.
* A work by a mathematician who, almost fifty years ago, got interested in reconciling "just plain folks" with mathematics.