Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday Life (Google eBook)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  LibraryThingI bought this book when I was about to start an adultlearners' maths course, the idea being to get into a mathematical mindset, to brush up on some basics and to learn a little notsobasic. Mr ... Read full review
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User Review  GoodreadsThis was an enjoyable book about math. It did not get to overwhelming in the numbers and was generally approachable. Much of it was useful and applicable. Read full review
Contents
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  
Common terms and phrases
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