In my former life as an algebra teacher, I tried my best to incorporate everyday “adult” uses for the mathematic formulas that were being drilled into my student’s heads. “No really… you will need this as an adult.” Most of us can giggle about how calculus isn’t in our daily lives (well, I work in statistics, so that doesn’t always apply to me), but practical math is all around us.
So, in a way, I fell in love with Laura Laing’s Math for Grownups when I first read the title. And it really didn’t stop as I read through all of her no-nonsense practical ways to approach math in our daily lives. Her book covers the basic techniques that will help you feel more powerful with numbers (estimation, eliminating zeros, being “close enough”) and then delves into every day situations where these techniques can be used. Some examples jump into money/purchasing, others into finding the bargain, and still more yet for unit conversions, space planning and even some fun traveling tips!
I can definitely see this as being an incredibly empowering book for people who claim to be, “not so good” at math. It takes away all of the hard and rigid rules of the right answer, and helps you use numbers to your advantage everywhere you go. And you can use a calculator too!
And in case you are one of those people who get a bit jumpy when you see a fraction or need to convert fluid oz. to ML, then you’re in luck. I’ll be giving away my review copy to one lucky blog reader – and you even get to use the awesome new Rafflecopter widget to win!
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