Mathematics Minus Fear

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Penguin Books, Limited, Jun 1, 2011 - Mathematics - 273 pages
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'If you follow this eloquently written book you will be equipped to cope with all manner of challenges, such as splitting a restaurant bill, filling in a tax return, or understanding the compound interest on your bank statement. You will also be able to calculate your chances of survival when playing Russian roulette, win at Perudo and pronounce '324' in Tibetan ('Gsum-bryga gnyis-bcu rtsa bzhi')... Plus there is a section on how the ancient Egyptians wrestled with equations; a 13-page appendix on how to solve Sudoku and a chapter on the Law of Large Numbers which offers useful tips on backing the right horses.' Daily TelegraphIn this irreverent guide to classroom horrors such as algebra, percentages and probability, maths teacher Lawrence Potter sheds light on the dark mysteries that have haunted you since your childhood. Full of fascinating examples and surprising puzzles, Mathematics Minus Fear demonstrates that maths is not an isolated realm of abstract thought but has fascinating connections with the world we encounter on a daily basis.

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User Review  - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing

I bought this book when I was about to start an adult-learners' maths course, the idea being to get into a mathematical mindset, to brush up on some basics and to learn a little not-so-basic. Mr ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

enjoyable quick read aimed apparently at people who hated math in school and were horrible at it but now have decided they want to learn AND want a side of math history (how zero got started, why ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Lawrence Potter is an adventurous maths teacher who taught in Romania and Rwanda before coming to live and teach in London. He is also the author of This May Help You Understand the World

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