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

Open Road Media, Sep 4, 2012 - Mathematics - 288 pages
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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#### LibraryThing Review

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

#### Review: Mathematics Minus Fear

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 2 9 Dividing Fractions Answers to Puzzles Copyright