A 100% bullshit-free textbook on high school math, calculus, and mechanics. Perfect for busy adults.

A better math textbook

An affordable textbook with concise lessons that are fun to read.

Enjoy a comprehensive review of high school math, and lessons that integrate calculus and mechanics concepts into a coherent whole.

Are you:

a student?

Worried about an upcoming exam? Don't be. Give me three weeks of your attention and I'll teach you everything you need to know about equations, functions, vectors, forces, momentum, energy, limits, derivatives, integrals, sequences, and series.

The textbook comes with 250+ problems to help you succeed on your exams.

a self-learner?

Curious to learn math and physics but never had the time? Now's your chance!

Try the practice problems to test your understanding.

a math hater?

Beef up your math skills and get rid of math phobia. Discover a beautiful subject that can bring you tons of knowledge buzz.

Doing math is like playing with LEGO. It's fine if you don't want to play, but you'd be missing out on a lot of fun.

Okay cool but...

A dude who assumes math is difficult.

Isn't math hard?
Programmer who wants to learn from the web.

Can't I just learn math from the web?
A girl who doesn't care about math.

I'm in Arts. I don't care about math.

You can learn math and physics, regardless of your math background.

We've got what you need

  • Enjoy concise explanations that get to the point.
  • Review prerequisites from high school math.
  • Learn the connections between math and physics.
  • Focus on understanding, not memorization.
  • Test your knowledge on 250+ solved problems.
  • Kick ass on your calculus and mechanics finals.

Finally, a math textbook that doesn't suck.

What you're saying:


I'm glad somebody with proper math understanding wrote this excellent piece. The title matches exactly the content—you will not find any boring academic bullshit in this book, but plenty of refreshing learning material about math and physics with charts, diagrams, formulas, and examples.

Wojciech Pietrzak, developer

Compact and funny

It's literally two heavy textbooks packed into a very light and small book. I love the book. My only problem has been when I am working through it in the library and start laughing out loud—you have great examples.

Miriam Aczel, student


Learning calculus in university? You need this book. It's that simple. It is both concise and helpful. For me it was a lifesaver.

Greame Nathan, student

Totally readable

I like the conversational tone of your writing. It's almost like I'm learning math from a friend.

Kevin Del Castillo, developer

Written by a mad scientist

I studied electrical engineering, physics, and computer science at McGill University, tracing the mathematical connections between these fields.

Tutoring experience

I have more than 15 years of teaching experience as a private tutor, and I've helped many students overcome their fear of math and ace their exams. My teaching strategy focusses on explaining the connections between concepts.

The company

I started Minireference Publishing Co. to bring much-needed changes to the textbook industry. Using open source software and print-on-demand technology, we produce high-quality textbooks at a fraction of the price of mainstream textbooks.

Ivan Savov

Ivan Savov, B.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D..

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No bullshit guide to math and physics eBook
  • 3 PDFs   + .epub
  • .mobi coming soon
  • includes future updates
No bullshit guide to math and physics
  • 445 pages
  • paperback
  • 5½" x 8½" x 1"
No bullshit guide to math and physics hardcover
  • 445 pages
  • hardcover
  • 6" x 9" x 1¼"

also available in select bookstores

Free stuff

Printable tutorials for your next coffee break. Introduce some knowledge buzz into your coffee buzz!

Mechanics explained in seven pages

Only have a few days before your mechanics final? Unprocrastinate with this tutorial.

  • Vectors
  • Projectile motion
  • Force diagrams
  • Momentum
  • Energy
  • Angular motion
  • Simple harmonic motion

Linear algebra explained in four pages

Linear algebra tutorial on fast-forward.

Halfway through linear algebra and feeling lost? Don't give up! This tutorial guides the way.

  • Vectors and matrices
  • Linear transformations
  • Matrix representations
  • Eigenvalues and eigenvectors

A summary of the upcoming linear algebra book.

Make computers do math for you

An introduction to the computer algebra system SymPy, which you can use to solve math problems.

  • High school math problems
  • Calculus problems
  • Mechanics problems
  • Linear algebra problems

Recommended reading for people who fear math; once you learn SymPy, math problems fear you!

Explore the concept map collection

A graph of the intricate connections between math and physics topics.

  • High school math
  • Mechanics
  • Calculus
  • Computational linear algebra
  • Theoretical linear algebra
  • Linear algebra applications

Use these maps to make sense of math's technical terms.

Mailing list

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This mailing list is very low traffic because writing and editing math content takes a long time.

From the company blog


Sept 2014: Fifth edition released with 250+ new solved problems, content improvements to the text (working with a professional editor), and a new SymPy tutorial in appendix.

Mar 2014: No Bullshit Guide to Linear Algebra released; well received on HN.

Apr 2013: Featured on an episode of the TechZing Show. See postscript here.

Jan 2013: The No BS guide to Math & Physics was announced on Hacker News, and topped the homepage for a whole day.


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  • Calculus tutorial: A condensed survival guide to differential calculus, integral calculus, sequences, and series. (FREE, Jan 2016)
  • No BS Guide to Math & Physics II: multivariable calculus, optics, electricity & magnetism, vector calculus. (Summer 2016)