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Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life [Hardcover]

Garth Sundem
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18 Sep 2006
Let's face facts: guys who are good at math are not always good at organizing their lives. "Geek Logik" takes all the guesswork out of life's little decisions and boils everything down to a simple mathematical equation. Not sure whose turn it is to take out the rubbish? Don't fight about it; just plug in the variables and see. How much should you spend on your wife's birthday present? (There's a nifty little function in this equation that brings the price down a pound for every year of marriage.) Should you play hooky today? Evaluate how secure your job is, how many previous sick days you've taken, plug in the numbers, and the answer appears. The book contains 50 essential equations, a very simple remedial algebra primer (Don't know x from y? Don't worry. Garth will hold your hand through it all), and a calculator. Throwaway your Magic 8 Ball, dump the Ouija board - there's a new system of divination in town and it's "Geek Logik".

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; Nov edition (18 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761140212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761140214
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 18.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Geek Logik is a hoot!" -- Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome :) 22 Sep 2010
By amunt
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I bought this book as a gift for my geeky friend and naturally I got myself a copy too. It's very funny. I would definitely recommend it as a geeky gift. Also, it comes with a solar(light) powered calculator.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great fun 13 Jan 2010
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Great fun for anyone with an interest in algebra. You don't need to be a high level mathematician to use the book. Some of the terminology is obviously American but still easy to follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 30 Oct 2009
By Peter
Interesting to have a little look but nothing more. It's one of those gadget books, which don't really matter much. If you think a little bit about equations, you can manipulate results very easily. Type of equations weren't really that relevant to me, so I couldn't really find many appropriate ones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silly but somewhat humorous 4 Jan 2007
By Carissa Clark - Published on
This book is completely useless but somewhat entertaining. The prose accompanying each equation is witty. This book would be a reasonable cheesy gift for the person who has everything. The first chapter has an overview of basic algebra, including the all-important order of operations, so it might even be a useful gift for someone whose math education ended in junior high.

On the negative side, the "Dating and Relationships" section is completely written for a male perspective and generally invokes some negative stereotypes of women. The book could definitely use more egalitarian language to give it a broader appeal.

The calculator included with the book (packaged in the front cover) does not have an exponent function, even though most of the equations use an exponent. Did the publisher's marketing department even glance at the text before picking the gimmicky cover?
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy two 11 Nov 2006
By Cheonasty - Published on
This is the sort of book you cannot wait to share with friends. Alas, as I've learned several times over, it's also the sort of book friends are reluctant to return after you loan it to them. Besides being funny and clever and near impossible to put down, it's actually useful, in the same way that a Rubik's Cube is (used to be) useful: to transport you into the realm of problems that wink, "I have a solution! Find me!" I cannot recommend this book too highly.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's light cheeky humor that shouldn't be taken seriously 28 Dec 2006
By Scott Mcmanus - Published on
This book has some entertaining cheeky humor that most will appreciate, but it's best for those who don't have math backgrounds and who can enjoy it for the components of the analyses (writing style included). Even the author (or maybe even the editor) can see is that none of these equations are meant to be taken any more seriously than a Cosmo quiz, and that's what really makes this book bearable. For example, in a question on whether to follow a self-help book's advice, "Geek Logik" gets 1/16th of the effect of any other self-help book if the equation is followed. There are other unintended effects that in most modeling would be seriously questioned, but that's not the intent of this book.

The equations mostly come out as "if good factors > bad factors, then do it", with logical "ands" (i.e., both things need to happen) represented by multiplication and logical "ors" (i.e., at least one thing needs to happen) represented by additions. There are the occassional quadratics, cubics, and square roots to give a veneer of mathematic complexity, but most of these can be reduced to simpler factors and reasons. It can be fun to think about what the author intended, and the extra work put in to make it more substantial than a "sum up the score points" can be appreciated (even if there's no basis for correctness).

The book is inexpensive, so buy it as a silly coffee table book that can be brushed through in an hour; don't buy it for someone only because they have a math, engineering, or physics background. If they don't like this style of humor, then it will be a dud. Anyone buying it for the cover's marketing (i.e., the "foolproof equations") will likewise be sorely disappointed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 50 Whacky Equations for 15 Minutes of Humor 5 Nov 2010
By Steven Haryanto - Published on
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I first heard Garth Sundem talking about his latest book "Brain Candy" in Dr Kiki's Science Hour podcast, thought it was interesting, and a few weeks later browsed Amazon looking for it. Somehow I ended up with Geek Logik instead. I blame myself for not looking inside the book (or even judging by the cover) and expected something on a more serious side.

If you are hoping to find some practical, actually usable equations/graphs based on some scientific studies of some sort, this is not the book for you. The ones presented in the book are essentially whacky, humorous, "overly complex" equations with 6-8 or more variables, with the majority of the variables are actually just subjective rating values on a scale of 1-10. The author even lightly suggested, "you can adjust the equations by adding more variables to suit your needs."

So I spent around 15 minutes skimming over some of equations (especially those dealing with less clichéd topics, yay I can still wear speedos) and read some of descriptions and quickly put it to rest.

On the other hand, this book makes a great gift for fellow geeks, I suppose.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Good 16 Oct 2006
By JT - Published on
Hilarious, creative, and disturbingly useful. A great read for pure entertainment value, though you will secretly consider actually using these equations to simplify difficult daily decisions.
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