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Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Mental Math Tricks [Paperback]

Michael Shermer , Arthur Benjamin
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2 Mar 2007
These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers.

Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin shares his techniques for lightning-quick calculations and amazing number tricks. This book will teach you to do math in your head faster than you ever thought possible, dramatically improve your memory for numbers, and—maybe for the first time—make mathematics fun.

Yes, even you can learn to do seemingly complex equations in your head; all you need to learn are a few tricks. You’ll be able to quickly multiply and divide triple digits, compute with fractions, and determine squares, cubes, and roots without blinking an eye. No matter what your age or current math ability, Secrets of Mental Math will allow you to perform fantastic feats of the mind effortlessly. This is the math they never taught you in school.



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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (2 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307338401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307338402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the Imposible: Makes Maths Fun 23 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
If you can count, you can learn how to square 153,467...(23,552,120,089).

It is clear, logical and the rest is up to you. Any possible sum you can imagine can be learnt if you are willing to practice.

My advice: How quick you Learn each chapter depends on how thoroughly you learnt the previous chapter. It starts with 24+35 and progresses. Rip the answer booklet out of the back and take it to work or school. If you can only do 10 minutes, that's ok. Don't slack, take your time and be amazed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the secret of Mental Math 22 Nov 2009
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I was never taught how to do maths like this at school. This book has given me some confidence in tackling mental maths.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars full of useful tricks BUT 22 Nov 2013
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But do not put this in the hands of children or students learning Maths. It does not teach how Maths works but rather quick tricksto get you around the Maths. Anyone learning real Maths would be led astray by this book. None-the -less it is entertaining and teaches Maths Magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips 14 April 2013
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You can learn a new tip in seconds. As a teacher it has been great seeing pupils pick up this book and show off what they have learnt to friend.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of mental maths book 1 Feb 2010
By GTLC
Format:Paperback
I hate maths, but I love this book. It's simple and easy to read through. The steps inside build confidence, and the writing doesn't make you feel stupid about dealing with complicated numbers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 28 Sep 2013
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I bought this for my 12 year old son who absolutely loves it! It has taught him loads and he is now top of the top maths group at school
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied 18 July 2013
By G JONES
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This product is ok.
To be supper critical it suffers from the same hype as other"saviour" items.
A lot of the books content is very good and will be usefull to people who require a nudge to move past basics sums
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most useful book I've bought in years 16 Aug 2011
By R
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I didn't do well at maths in school, and this fact has haunted me throughout my adult life. However, the crunch came when I started a new job in a finance role, and I decided I had to improve. This book is very easy to follow, and the techniques it teaches have been a revelation to me, truly astounding. My self confience in my maths ability has been restored. I recommend this book without reservation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting smarter already!
This book is very useful if you would like to know how to perform quick mental maths in your head! Good book. Would recommend if you like to calculate maths in your head faster!
Published 2 months ago by F. Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars It really helps
Alot of information in this book I still don't remember but what I can remember has really made life easier!
Published 2 months ago by David Doherty
4.0 out of 5 stars good
this is a good book but havent read it all the way through yet though but there are some very good tricks in it
Published 9 months ago by GC70
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought, and makes you the more wiser.
I found this trying to find a way to calculate by hand a square-root. Then I found out online that you can do cube roots by hand too. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dyl.
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of Mental Math
From the very beginning I was unable to put this book down.
It was so interesting and easy to understand. Why we were never tought this when I went to school ? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Beryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! Gives the Maths subject a reason to be learned
all school kids should have this, as it shows you quick and easy ways to check your answers, and helps you to understand Maths
Published 14 months ago by Margaret Little
3.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of Mental Math
I have difficulties with math so it takes some work to wrap my brain around it. Nevertheless, I am so looking forward to tackling it. All I can say is : one step at a time.
Published 15 months ago by G. Wallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
You are not going to believe it,but this review is for the second copy of this book that I bought.I am so pleased with it that I want to give it to my little sister to read it and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Antonios
5.0 out of 5 stars Maths GCSE? buy this it makes Maths cool!
This is a really good book with superb logic and gives you an epiphany when you read it and see the logic in the formulas. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by nwpathfinder
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