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

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Pegasus Publications, Sep 5, 2012 - Mathematics - 273 pages
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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, from M.C. Escher to Pascal, 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

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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 (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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