Mathematics Minus Fear by Lawrence Potter
How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday Life

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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.

About Lawrence Potter

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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.
Published September 4, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 416 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Throughout, Potter takes time to digress into math history, including brief sketches of principal thinkers, and he offers plenty of practical advice: He explains why your best bet at the roulette table is to lay down your chips on the first round and then leave the table, whether you’ve won or lost.

Sep 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Mathematics Minus Fear: How t...

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Anyone whose memories of math class leave “the bitterest taste” will find comfort as well as insight and plenty of laughs in this informal, irreverent look at math.

Jul 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Mathematics Minus Fear: How t...

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