Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday Life (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Sep 4, 2012 - Mathematics - 288 pages
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Forget your classroom nightmares and discover how numbers can enhance and illuminate your world!

How can math help you bet on horses or win in Vegas? What’s the foolproof way to solve Sudoku? How can probability teach you to calculate your chances of survival in Russian roulette?
In this irreverent and entertaining guide to mathematics, Lawrence Potter takes the fear out of everything from long division to percentages. Using fascinating puzzles and surprising examples, he shows us how math is connected with the world we encounter every day, from how the VAT works to why weather forecasts are wrong, from winning at Monopoly to improving your mental arithmetic. Along the way you’ll also discover who invented numbers, whether animals can count, and what nuns have to do with multiplication.
  

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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

Contents

WHY?
NUMBERS IN YOUR HEAD FIGURES ON PAPER
Small Steps
How Many Fingers?
Outside the Supermarket
Putting Two and Two Together
Go Forth and Multiply
Countdown
Proportion has its Problems 1
Colouring in Pizzas
What the Egyptians Did
Equivalent Fractions
Adding Fractions on Paper
Turn it UpsideDown and Multiply
What is the Decimal Point?
Manipulating Decimals

Putting Numbers to Paper
Borrowing and Carrying
Long Long Multiplication
Long Division Explained
Checking It All Adds
DIFFERENT KINDS OF NUMBER
KitKats and Kosher
A Ryche Shepemaster
One Hundred Percent
FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN
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Dividing Fractions
Answers to Puzzles
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Lawrence Potter attended Oxford University and graduated with a degree in classics before becoming an adventurous mathematics teacher in Romania and Rwanda. He is the author of This May Help You Understand the World and lives in London.

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