Mathematics Minus Fear

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Penguin Books, Limited, Jun 2, 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'
Daily Telegraph

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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 maths is connected with the world we encounter every day, from how 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 long multiplication.

FORGET YOUR CLASSROOM NIGHTMARES - and discover how numbers can enhance your world.

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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  - psiloiordinary - LibraryThing

OK its my own fault - should have done more of that judging a book by it cover thing. Well written in a quirky kind of way. This book uses a metaphor of the universal high school maths class complete ... Read full review

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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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