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Speed Mathematics: Secret Skills for Quick Calculation Paperback – 7 Nov 2003

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; New Ed edition (7 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471467316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471467311
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Using this book will improve your understanding of math and have you performing like a genius!

People who excel at mathematics use better strategies than the rest of us; they are not necessarily more intelligent.

Speed Mathematics teaches simple methods that will enable you to make lightning calculations in your head including multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction, as well as working with fractions, squaring numbers, and extracting square and cube roots. Here’s just one example of this revolutionary approach to basic mathematics:

96 x 97 =
Subtract each number from 100.

96 x 97 =
4 3

Subtract diagonally. Either 96 3 or 97 4.
The result is the first part of the answer.

96 x 97 = 93
4 3

Multiply the numbers in the circles. 4 x 3 = 12.
This is the second part of the answer.

96 x 97 = 9312
4 3

It’s that easy!

About the Author

BILL HANDLEY is recognized as an authority on teaching and study methods. His methods of teaching mathematics and his strategies for learning and thinking have achieved astonishing results in schools worldwide.

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Wow! I really enjoy reading this book and doing the practice exercises. I never imagined that Maths could be dealt in such ways and at the same time be fun. I am a self-improver and I always like to spice up my life so I decided to try something new. I definitely refreshed and developed my mathematical skills even though I left school a good number of years ago. As an adult I strongly recommend it to exercise the brain, and if I was a kid this would be a really helful tool to sharpen my mathematical competencies.
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Very good book in the sense that it makes you start thinking. Though, the concepts explained appears to be simple but the important point here is - did you ever think that way? Plain english has been used and easy to follow, contennt is also fairly structured.
All what you get is perspective to think and that's what all is needed. In my opinion, do give it shot and work out yourself which one you want to take forward, in fact during the process you will also have evolved few more techniques which means you have started thiniking and liking mathematics..
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I stumbled across this book while at university around 12 years ago as it was on the end of the Maths section next to Computer Science (my chosen field).

I was intrigued. Although I can 'do' maths, I've never really been a massive fan - yes, even though I'm a computer scientist.

This book is fantastic, it's a great read. It's written in plain English and quickly shows you simple methods for impressive maths skills. Some processes go against what we're taught at school from an early age and what 'we all know' about maths - but the results are so impressive it blows your mind.

After reading this book the first time, I've recommended it to a number of people. I honestly believe they should teach many of these techniques to children and I plan in doing so with out first child on her way.

Amazing.
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Ultimately this book teaches how to deploy a more expeditious technique to work out sums. Great for speeding up your basic mathematics skills. Pretty powerful stuff if you are willing to put in the effort to thoroughly digest this book. I shall keep this book close by for reference.
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Good mental arithmetic for trainee pilots. This book was recommended to me and my maths/quick calculation skills have since improved.
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Read a few books by Bill Handley - all good to improve your mental maths.
I should point out that most of the methods in this book are from Vedic Maths - so if you have a book on Vedic Maths you will not find anything that new.
Strange he makes no mention of Vedic Maths in his introduction but does mention similarities to Trachtenberg.
I assume he must be aware of Vedic Maths - it has been around long enough.
Still a good book on speed maths though. Well worth a read.
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this book is really good with lots of straight forward step by step examples to guide you through, it is easy to follow the steps but the actual learning of it will take lots of work, I learned the tricks six chapters and have not kept it up did it every day for a week and I have forgotten most of it already so...

crackin book
simple and easy to follow
will take a lot of effort to get it as second nature
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I've always struggled with maths. This book is the easy way to learn to do all sorts of maths problems, most of them in my head.
A great study guide-thanks to Mr. Handley.
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