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I Hate Mathematics! Book [Hardcover]

Marilyn Burns
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Sep 1975
This book is for non-believers of all ages. It was written especially for children who have been convinced by the attitudes of adults that mathematics is (1) impossible (2) only for bright kids (3) no fun at all anyway. This book says that maths is nothing more than a way of looking at the world and that it can be relevant to everyday life (Street maths) and fun (How many sides does a banana have?). Hundreds of mathematical events, jokes, riddles, puzzles, investigations and experiments prove it!
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv) (Sep 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316117404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316117401
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 19.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,789,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has been written especially for children who have been convinced by the attitudes of adults that mathematics is impossible and only for bright kids. It shows that maths is nothing more than a way of looking at the world and that it can be relevant to everyday life and fun. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Marilyn Burns is one of today's most highly respected mathematics educators and is the founder of Math Solutions. She received the Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education, and in collaboration with Scholastic, she developed """Do the Math" TM, a program for elementary students. David Weitzman is an author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including "Skywalkers, Pharoah's Boat, "and "A Subway for New York." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The I Hate Mathematics Book 23 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a fabulous book for reluctant maths student aged 10 to 16. In fact you will enjoy reading it yourself; and also any adults who think they 'hate mathematics'. It has lots of great activities but best of all is the section with very clever jokes and riddles, all then explaining how they are related to maths. This book really does make maths fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and interesting, rather than brilliant 22 Jun 2013
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Written in Burns' trademark witty style, this book contains excellent illustrations and some fascinating maths. But it is nowhere near as good as her Math for Smarty Pants, which covers similar ground but with much more content. Buy that one first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you hate math, you'll love this book. 11 Mar 1998
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If you hear the word mathematics and cringe, you should read The I Hate Mathematics! Book. This book showed me how math can be a lot of fun. Unlike the math textbooks at school, The I Hate Mathematics! Book includes dozens of mind-boggling games and puzzles that challenge you to use your math skills. The book also includes math tricks you can play on your family and friends.
One of the math tricks could turn out to be very profitable. It is called Doing Dishes. To do this trick you need one adult and a never-ending flow of dirty dishes. Ask the adult to pay you one penny the first day you wash the dishes and double it each day. By the end of the month you'll be rich!
My favorite chapter is the one on Street Math. This chapter told me about math games that I can do when I'm outside in my neighborhood. Some involve the sidewalk, people's hats and even shoelaces! You would be surprised how math relates to so many things.
I think that The I Hate Mathematics! Book is informative and fun to read. I recommend it to people who don't have a great interest in math, people who want to know more about math and, of course, to people who already love math!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made my life 23 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book as a kid at least 15 years ago. I can still remember many topics and even the layout of some pages. This is a great gift for a kid interested in math; it is friendly, fun, and yet substantive. It is an infinite well of cool stuff. I seem to have stumbled into a career in research mathematics now. Looking back, this book may be the main reason. I have never stopped thinking of mathematics as "cool stuff".
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!! 18 Aug 2005
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This is an awesome book. I especially like the part that sets out to prove that grownups aren't as smart as they think they are. (Definitly true!) I think this book would be good for ages 9+. 8-year olds could do it but might need some help. I'm 10 and I was fine with it. Definitly worth it.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 18 Sep 2005
By Rebecca J. Hyde - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a daughter that literally HATES math. From the moment I told her of this book, she's been intrigued. She's read the book and says it makes math more interesting. I'm very happy with my purchase.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Math Lover 4 Dec 2001
By Catherine Hood - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for math haters or math lovers. There are lots of interesting facts, games, and riddles, whether you think you are great or think you are terrible at math. If you hate math, this book can change your life. We have a copy of this book at home, and I've purchased this book to give to some of my children's friends and some home-schooling parents I know. I think giving this book to anyone who is afraid of math, whatever their age, is a great idea. I also highly recommend "Math for Smarty Pants", also by Marilyn Burns.
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