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Desperate Measures (Murderous Maths) Paperback – Illustrated, 19 May 2000
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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!