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Desperate Measures (Murderous Maths) Paperback – Illustrated, 19 May 2000
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Is maths making you miserable? Do you ever feel you're one gram short of a kilo? Find out why a horse needs hands and how measurements can defeat an alien invasion from the Planet Zog. Meanwhile, Dolly Snowlips despairs as the gangsters get their maths wrong yet again.
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How big is your elephant?
When you were first born they weighed you, and when you conk out they'll measure you for a box. Yes it's a grim thought but right your whole life you'll be ruled by measurements so this book sorts out everything including length, area, volume, time, weight, density, angles and all the different units involved. You'll learn how to weigh dead flies and elephants, how to use a ten tonne ruler and why time is just a big joke invented by whoever made the universe. There's Professor Fiendish, the Evil Gollarks, Dolly Snowlips, Pongo McWhiffy, Veronica Gumgloss and a bowl of rocket fuel soup. Archimedes stars in the big budget crime thriller "A Question of Principle" and One Finger Jimmy and the mob all end up with their trousers round their ankles. In other words, it's just one more normal visit to the mad world of Murderous Maths.
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* Is maths making you miserable?
* Are you vacant about volume and anxious about area?
* Do you ever feel you're one gram short of a kilo?
Then it is time to take desperate measures.
Find out why a horse needs hands, how measurements can defeat an alien invasion from the Planet 'Zog', and meet streaking Archimedes - a mathematician with principles.
Meanwhile, 'Dolly Snowlips' despairs as the gangsters get their maths wrong yet again.'
The colourful, humorous cover opens to 176 pages, written in a variety of fonts in the usual Kjartan Poskitt entertaining style, e.g.:
'Does everybody use the metric system?
Not quite. Even though the metric system is neat and convenient, some of the old measures are still in use.
Nearly everybody in the UK and USA still describes distances in miles and speed in miles per hour.
Also, lots of older people still think in yards, feet and inches because they had to work so hard at school to understand it, they can't get it out of their heads.
Pounds (in weight) and pints are also common .....
There is an important point to note here. Whatever units you are using, you must make it clear. Don't just assume that everybody is working in metric units because the consequences could be murderous!'
Black and white illustrations/cartoons throughout.
Maths as you have NEVER seen it before!
The books in the series are each dedicated to a particular branch of mathematics, such as probability or fractions. This book is dedicated to measuring in any of up to the three dimensions we know of, and has fascinating and amusing facts such as how to measure the area of a curry stain.
The seven Chicago gangsters from the Bocelli and Gabrianni families pop up in each book, and although all they try to do is sue each other or rob someone, they end up running into terrible difficulties due to their lack of maths thinking.
The Bocellis and Gabriannis are 24 metres above a flat with one million dollars' worth of 300-year-old paint. They plan to steal it by letting one man hang over and pop inside. Except that they forgot to bring rope with them...
Another amusing bunch are the Evil Gollarks from the Planet Zog. In each book they attempt to destroy something big, like the Earth, the Solar System, or, most stupidly of all, the entire Universe (all for no reason at all). As you may have guessed, they are always failing due to minor (or major) maths errors. You probably knew that because we are still on our feet, but in this book the Earth is saved because of a feeble minus sign.
There are many more comical characters, such as the evil Professor Fiendish, the beautiful Veronica Gumfloss, or the smelly Pongo McWhiffy, who all help us solve problems, like how to work out the diagonal of a sealed cereal box.
GUARANTEE: This book contains no nasty exercises and no boring sums!
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