I am now old, and whilst I was at school, way back in the Dark Ages, I just could not get to grips with maths; we had a love-hate relationship. I hated maths, and maths loved to make me feel stupid. Though I tried my best at school, maths and I never mixed. I would stumble and bumble my way through the work set by the teacher, copy answers from my brainy friend sat next to me, or sneakily rely on my calculator digital watch; back when digital watches were still considered a pretty neat idea. Since leaving school I would use my beloved calculator watch, and later my smart phone, and later still that wonderful digital assistant lady forever present in my house, namely Alexa, to do all my maths for me. However, now I am semi-retired and have a lot more time on my hands, I decided to get to grips with maths and conquer the fear it has over me. So I purchased this book and (what I consider to be) its companion, in the hope of improving my maths, not for any employment related purposes, but simply for personal achievement.
The pages are set out nicely, without clutter or unnecessary elaboration, and look great on the Kindle app on my iPad. I am not sure how it would look on the basic Kindle, such as the Paperwhite.
This book really does explain the vary basics of maths in a vary friendly, at ease way, without making you feel stupid. You may find yourself skipping the first few section as it really starts that simple, but I’d encourage you to read it all, as it is interesting, and can put a new light on areas you already know.
This book also has an interesting section in each chapter describing how teachers show how young children are introduced to numbers and how they are taught to recognise a number as being representative, such as having 3 candy bars, or how numbers are used in songs (“1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive”) etc. No, I didn’t have to take myself that far back, but it was nevertheless vary interesting to read.
So, whether you are old like me and want to finally defeat your fear of maths, or you wish to purchase this book to provide assistance to your child as they learn about the various aspects of maths, then I would recommend that you kook no further than this book (and, indeed, its companion as I have mentioned below).
I also purchased the book that I would consider to be its follow up (Mathematics: A Complete Introduction: The Easy Way to Learn Maths (Teach Yourself) Paperback – 21 Jun 2018 by Hugh Neill)
I am in the process of reading this book and am finding it a compelling read. It is a welcoming antidote to those of us who were scared by maths at school. Each concept is introduced gently in a way that invites the reader to explore the subject further. The author's key message here is that maths need not be scary; indeed it is an essential tool that we can use to navigate everyday life. Maths is not this frightening monolith of arcane concepts that we always thought it was; instead it is an accessible set of tools and skills that we can use to make sense of the world around us.
Mr Graham provides us with a calm space where we can make peace with maths and eradicate our fears about the subject. Thank you. Five stars - this is a very useful book.
Previous reviewer Mrs Culverhouse's review was inappropriate. It did not review the content of the book, but commented on lack of delivery. This is not the author's fault. There is a separate space on Amazon to discuss seller and delivery feedback. Why is it that so many people misunderstand the reviewing system and insist on inflicting their dissatisfactions with service and delivery on the review page??! It is not the author's fault and it is they who suffer when someone carelessly awards a one star for what was a delivery issue! Rant over!
Just to re-iterate: Very good book. Thank you Mr Graham. Five stars :)