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The Maths Handbook: Everyday maths made simple [Kindle Edition]

Richard Elwes
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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'Elwes takes the key concepts, perfectly illustrates them with practical examples and easy-to-follow explanations, tests us with quizzes, and applies the principles to everyday situations. The effect is strangely liberating, and you might soon find yourself acquiring a love of logarithms and a respect for reflex quadrilaterals' Good Book Guide.

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This is the perfect introduction for those who have a lingering fear of maths. If you think that maths is difficult, confusing, dull or just plain scary, then The Maths Handbook is your ideal companion.

Covering all the basics including fractions, equations, primes, squares and square roots, geometry and fractals, Dr Richard Elwes will lead you gently towards a greater understanding of this fascinating subject. Even apparently daunting concepts are explained simply, with the assistance of useful diagrams, and with a refreshing lack of jargon.

So whether you're an adult or a student, whether you like Sudoku but hate doing sums, or whether you've always been daunted by numbers at work, school or in everyday life, you won't find a better way of overcoming your nervousness about numbers and learning to enjoy making the most of mathematics.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 17 Jun 2012
By MrsP
Format:Kindle Edition
I love this book. I have never understood or enjoyed maths and it has played on my mind a lot recently, with two young children at school - I didn't want to have to defer to my husband to help them with their homework, and I didn't want to be the maths dummy of the family!

This book simply and in everyday language explains why you do what you do in maths, as well as how. It starts right at the beginning, even explaining what adding and subtracting are, so even if you have no maths knowledge whatsoever, you will never feel out of your depth.

Within a few chapters I had mastered adding, subtracting and long division, then quickly moved on to fractions and percentages. There are questions at the end of each chapter along with an answers section at the back of the book (watch out: there are a couple of errors in the answers but you will have learned so much that you will be able to spot them!).

Highly recommended for building confidence in maths.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a maths failure, but this book has helped me. 13 April 2013
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It's going to take a while to get through this book, but Richard Elwes explains everything very well. I understand and can repeat and do the puzzles so far - it's taken me a few goes, but I expected that. It's probably easier in book form, than for Kindle as there's a lot of jumping forward and back to make sure that the answers are correct.
I definitely recommend this book to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks good 5 Jan 2013
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Haven't had time to work through this yet it looks very well written and has agood style of explaining stuff
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maths Handbook 12 Nov 2012
By june
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Good useful book, easy to understand and just what i needed to help me at college. other friends bought it as well.great service thankyou!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent maths handbook 26 Sep 2013
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It's concise and useful to anyone who can't remember the math detail only partially understood from school days. It's the second one I've purchased this for someone else who I know will benefit from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Aug 2013
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I love this book,well written and thought-out, the colour illustrations make a big difference to some of the drab black and white ones in other books. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good maths tool 23 July 2013
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I bought this book for my daughter it is great and she is using it to gain understanding of her maths.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Maxine
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Simply stated but never understated. The book I should have written!

For my sins, I am currently teaching maths to level 2 (equivilent to Grade C in GCSE) in a prison, (I must have done something very bad in a previous life!) Consequently it is very challenging to get the students to understand basic concepts without too many wordy explanations - yet this author has done a wonderful job of stating the facts and leaving out the waffle. It is modern, bang up to date and yet gets the job done systematically, light heartedly and consistently. I simply ask students to read the relevant chapter in the book and then we discuss their understanding - as they say no pain no gain and this is probably the least painful approach so far. Students like the personalisation. It saves me a lot of effort saying exactly the same thing, over and over again.

It's ideal for proving the point to sceptical students - who don't always believe me just because I say it's true - this book therefore backs me up, succinctly and sweetly.

It is simply the best, the book I wish I had written!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Maths made clear, at last!!!
An easily understandable book on maths. I intend to gradually work my way through it so that I will become more confident.
Published 2 months ago by J Holden
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay
The book is fine need to find time to study it properly. My grandchildren find it helpful with their maths.
Published 2 months ago by Shirley Asquith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
This comes highly recommended, for young and older learners alike, lots of helpful tips...brilliant definately recommend, has helped me tremendously.
Published 3 months ago by MBL Birmingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to freshen up my Maths skills.
Great book!

Short and snappy chapters with great explanations and a little quiz towards the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ania
4.0 out of 5 stars Grandchildren love it
Grandchildren (6 and 9) use this book and keep it handy.
I'm so pleased I bought it.
Might get one for myself!
Published 4 months ago by Sitting Duck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help for numpties like me :)
If like me your "O" level maths are a dim and distant memory this is a great help to adults wishing to brush up on their maths skills, especially when helping kids with their... Read more
Published 4 months ago by PokeADonkey
2.0 out of 5 stars not mathematical really!
In trying to simplify what is NOT simple the writer has used language that is neither accurate nor helpful... ie `carrying` and `times`. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. trembath
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Very Very Helpful - 5 Stars
I have been struggling to help my children with some of their maths homework for years, telling them to go ask Dad. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dee
2.0 out of 5 stars Overprived and almost purposeless
Overpriced and almost purposeless

I don't own this book, I borrowed it from my local library, as I was curious to see and read its content. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jose L. Teixeira Ribeiro
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