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The Perfect Sausage and Other Fundamental Formulas (Murderous Maths) Paperback – 6 Jul 2009
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Other books try to do this but what makes this book even better are the strange mixture of stories and pictures. Little aliens try to wipe out the Earth with a joke, there's a green and grey fried egg, and a wonderful cartoon strip shows why Archimedes had a funny sign on his grave stone.
I wish I'd had this when I was at school!
1) thinks the words "maths" and "fun" should not appear in the same sentence.
2) insists that "formulas" is not a word and the correct plural form of "formula" is "formulae".
3) is easily offended by a joke that's utterly awful but only very slightly disgusting.
4) won't try to learn anything before being convinced of its vital practical applications.
However, it IS suitable for anyone who:
1) is already a diehard fan of the series.
2) loves totally useless information.
3) prefers a cast of gangsters, barbarians, hustlers, cows and escaped prototype sausages to a serious maths book.
4) contributed to it and wants to see their name in print.
It's a team effort, compiled from the suggestions sent in to the website ([...] - lots of further information about this and all the other books in the series, with plenty more besides). It kicks off gently, with some nice simple formulas, a few of which are actually useful. Those of a nervous disposition may wish to skip the bit involving high speed car chases, attempted alien invasions and people firing cannons, but you can drop in again for the climax: lots of totally useless formulas, including some incredibly complicated ones which you might need to take a deep breath and make sure you're sitting comfortably before reading.
The range of difficulty makes it well suited to any level of mathematical from minimal (just read the funny stories and admire the Reeve's excellent pictures of the star-studded cast), through moderate (understand about 90% of it) to the total obsessives who will love the obscure area and volume formulas.
'Is Maths making you miserable?
Are you forever getting your sums in a muddle and floundering with your 'formulas'? (see footnote)
Get back on track with The Perfect Sausage and other Fundamental Formulas (Murderous Maths)'.
The colourful, humorous cover opens to 207 pages, split over chapters:-
1. How this book came to be written
2. All the shapes and lump formulas you'll probably ever need
3. Numbers, pizza slices and alien interpreters
4. On the move
5. Can you feel the force?
7. The day of the week algorithm
8. Perms, coms and the unknown formula
9. All the shape and lump formulas you'll probably ever need ......again
10. The card house and other odd formulas
11. The important end bit
plus, unusually for this series of books, a concise index!
Written in a variety of fonts in the usual Kjartan Poskitt entertaining style. Black and white illustrations/cartoons throughout.
Maths as you have never seen it before!
n.b. '.........Formula is a Latin word and the plural is 'formulae' and not 'formulas'..............
Some people should check a dictionary......both 'formulae' and 'formulas' are in there, and we felt our young and groovy readers would prefer the modern world to the old Latin one.'
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