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

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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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

 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
 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