## Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday LifeForget 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 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 - LibraryThingOK 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

### 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 | |

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Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday ... Lawrence Potter No preview available - 2012 |

Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday ... Lawrence Potter No preview available - 2014 |

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