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How Math Can Save Your Life: (And Make You Rich, Help You Find The One, and Avert Catastrophes)
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How Math Can Save Your Life: (And Make You Rich, Help You Find The One, and Avert Catastrophes)

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by James D. Stein
 

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How to make lots of money, keep yourself safe, and even save the world-all by using a little simple math

Forget the dull, boring math you learned in school. This book shows you the powerful things math can do for you, with applications no teacher ever taught you in algebra class. How can you make money off credit card companies? Will driving a hybrid save you

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How to make lots of money, keep yourself safe, and even save the world-all by using a little simple math

Forget the dull, boring math you learned in school. This book shows you the powerful things math can do for you, with applications no teacher ever taught you in algebra class. How can you make money off credit card companies? Will driving a hybrid save you money in the long run? How do you know when he or she is "the one"?

From financial decisions to your education, job, health, and love life, you'll learn how the math you already know can help you get a lot more out of life.

  • Gives you fun, practical advice for using math to improve virtually every area of daily life
  • Includes straightforward explanations and easy-to-follow examples
  • Written by the author of the successful guide, How Math Explains the World

Filled with practical, indispensable guidance you can put to work every day, this book will safeguard your wallet and enrich every aspect of your life. You can count on it!

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* Taking his lead from Freakonomics, mathematics professor Stein examines everyday, occasional, and inevitable life problems—what's the financial benefit of a college degree over a lifetime? Is gambling more cost-efficient entertainment than a first-run movie? How much money does a hybrid car actually save?—through the lens of arithmetic, with enlightening, and sometimes surprising, results. Addressing topics like genetics, statistics, and economics with practical knowledge sure to heighten math literacy—and the appreciation for it—Stein illustrates concepts like game theory by analyzing the benefit-to-risk ratio of his father's surgery, buying flowers for a significant other, and football plays. Stein offers numerous suggestions for improving mathematics education and for making mental math easier, as well as for handling more immediate concerns like refinancing the house (will it actually save you money?), studying for tests (how effective is guessing on a multiple-choice quiz?) and finding love (“The original title for this book, suggested by my editor, was How Math Can Get You Laid”). With a sure grasp of the material and a game sense of humor, Stein's text should interest a broad audience of intellectually curious readers, including any fan of practical cultural analysis ala Malcolm Gladwell. (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly.com, February 8, 2010)
Publishers Weekly
Taking his lead from Freakonomics, mathematics professor Stein examines everyday, occasional, and inevitable life problems-what's the financial benefit of a college degree over a lifetime? Is gambling more cost-efficient entertainment than a first-run movie? How much money does a hybrid car actually save?-through the lens of arithmetic, with enlightening, and sometimes surprising, results. Addressing topics like genetics, statistics, and economics with practical knowledge sure to heighten math literacy-and the appreciation for it-Stein illustrates concepts like game theory by analyzing the benefit-to-risk ratio of his father's surgery, buying flowers for a significant other, and football plays. Stein offers numerous suggestions for improving mathematics education and for making mental math easier, as well as for handling more immediate concerns like refinancing the house (will it actually save you money?), studying for tests (how effective is guessing on a multiple-choice quiz?) and finding love ("The original title for this book, suggested by my editor, was How Math Can Get You Laid"). With a sure grasp of the material and a game sense of humor, Stein's text should interest a broad audience of intellectually curious readers, including any fan of practical cultural analysis ala Malcolm Gladwell.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470437759
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
910,218
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

James D. Stein is the author of How Math Explains the World: A Guide to the Power of Numbers, From Car Repair to Modern Physics and is a professor of mathematics at California State University, Long Beach. A graduate of Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, he has taught college math for more than forty years.

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How Math Can Save Your Life: (And Make You Rich, Help You Find The One, and Avert Catastrophes) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SherrySkipperSpurgeon More than 1 year ago
FINALLY a MATH book that is USEful for EVERYONE! Yes, Jim has done it with this one. You will get back every penny just from reading the first few chapters.and, you won't have to solve a single word problem either. This is a no-nonsense, practical, arithmetic approach to the WHY you need to have learned math in school (I know, you can't imagine what could possibly be good about this, right?). Simple, yet, intuitive and REASONABLE explanations for things that each and every single one of us has ever encountered in our lives.from being tempted by a sales person to purchase an extended service contract to whether or not a QB should throw a pass (what?! football references?). Trust me on this one, this is a book that you won't feel is a math book. Teachers should read it, too! Most definitely! A++++++