Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday Life

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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

MATHEMATICS MINUS FEAR: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday Life

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Potter (This May Help You Understand the World, 2008) accessibly deconstructs simple math.This Oxford graduate in classics, who has taught math in Rwanda and Romania, confesses that he had a problem ... Read full review

Contents

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
One Hundred Percent

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
Proportion has its Problems 1
Something of Interest
Prudence is a Virtue
High Expectations for Probability
Muddy Waters
The Weather Forecast is Wrong
Putting Probability into Practice
The Law of Large Numbers
Dividing Fractions
Answers to Puzzles

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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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