Mathematics Minus Fear Paperback – 20 Mar 2006
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If you follow this eloquently written book you will be equipped to cope with all manner of challenges, such as splitting a restaurant bill, filling in a tax return, or understanding the compound interest on your bank statement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Lawrence Potter is an adventurous maths teacher who taught in Romania and Rwanda before coming to live and teach in London. He is also the author of This May Help You Understand the World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It's written really well and he explains the history behind how and why we are taught maths the way we are in schools and, if you like, the evolution of the maths we use everyday!
I decided it was worth every penny when I could answer a question about binary in a local pub quiz! The question was how is the number 19 represented in binary? - the answer is in the book - needless to say my friends were very impressed!!
For all that, I can't give this book any less than five. How, oh how, I wish I had read this as a student thirty-five years ago. So, if you are highly literate and highly innumerate, GET THIS - it's fantastic.
If you want to understand mathematics in a plain, no frills format get Chambers' Adult Learners Guide To Numeracy which does the job nicely.
Essential therapy, like easing yourself into a cool pool on a baking hot day.
I have always struggled with maths and despite reading the book twice and evening getting my maths lecturer to go over some of the points with me I found the book more frustrating than helpful. I now know a lot more of the history of maths thanks to this book but still struggle with applying the actual maths formulae discussed within.
If they're other readers like me I would highly recommend Understanding Maths: Basic Mathematics Explained by Graham Lawler. it has helped me to progress my maths skills immensely in a short period of time.
For those who find maths a puzzling subject with no practical application save for advanced engineers or local shop keepers at each end of the mathematical complexity spectrum this book will not explain things so that you will be able to understand. The basic reasons why are omitted and it does the same as many other books - confirm that maths is a puzzle that some people ultimately don't get as it is not explained to make sense.
Historical anecdotes are all very amusing but they don't help explain the unexplained and my fear is unfortunately still very much intact. My belief is that those who do not understand maths have brains that work in different ways to the maths-philes. How about a book that looks at maths from a creative point of view?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good history on maths but didn't help me to understand how to work out maths problems. I started reading whilst on holiday to help me complete a basic maths diagnostic this book is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ruskin
this is more a maths reader about its history and development rather than solelly a maths improver interesting bits about the development of numbers and variations in world... Read morePublished 16 months ago by m. dosa
This is a book that tries to help the reader through their fear of maths. The problem is that it doesn't. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2013 by Andrew Dalby
This book isn't what I was expecting! It reads like a cross between a history of maths, a novel and a quiz book. A lot of it seems to be concerned with algebra and probability. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2011 by Banshee
As someone who has had a severe maths phobia for many years, I didn't hold out much hope that this book would change things much. I was wrong. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2010 by Bunnysideup
I think this is a fantastic book. I teach mathematics at secondary school and found this book to be a great source of material for improving the clarity of explanations I give on... Read morePublished on 28 April 2008 by mountainpiglet
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