on 2 December 2012
I bought this book for a schoolboy who is studying for OCR Additional Maths GCSE exam, at a school where he is allowed to take the exam, but will not be taught the subject in school! (does this say something about the state of education in 2012?). In consequence, I am helping with his study - I am a retired physicist.
The text of the book is clearly written on the whole, with ample well graded questions at the end of each chapter, and could be used for self-study by a bright boy or girl. It also contains some little historical vignettes on famous mathematicians of the past, whose work is relevant to the corresponding chapter, which helps to lighten the tone. It is however specifically geared to the OCR board Additional Maths syllabus, and can be unreservedly recommended for that purpose, although it could also be read with benefit in a broader context.
on 25 June 2011
This book is very important for the additional maths course (OCR). I had about two weeks to complete the course from start to finish which would not have been possible without the book.
It is important to mention that the book is more of a textbook that you may expect to use in a lesson rather than a revision guide. However, it contains all the information you'll need for the course as well as a HUGE number of questions for practice and makes it all very interesting.
on 7 March 2015
As a maths tutor I much enjoy using this book with students, as do my students. Unlike many maths books written for Year 11 students it does not salami-slice every topic into a dozen or more sections with ponderous exercises that cover little. It presents the theory clearly and concisely, with well-judged exercises that explore the theory in a way that keeps the student's interest. If a maths author could use this text as a template for a textbook for the new GCSE syllabus starting in September 2015, that person and his publisher would have a best seller.