How Math Can Save Your Life: (And Make You Rich, Help You Find The One, and Avert Catastrophes) by James D. Stein, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
How Math Can Save Your Life: (And Make You Rich, Help You Find The One, and Avert Catastrophes)

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

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Are service contracts for electronics just a scam?

Should your lottery ticket contain numbers greater than 31?

How do you know when he or she is "the one"?

How Math Can Save Your Life shows you how to use basic arithmetic to answer these and many other questions that come up in everyday life. You'll discover how simple math can make you lots of money,

Overview

Are service contracts for electronics just a scam?

Should your lottery ticket contain numbers greater than 31?

How do you know when he or she is "the one"?

How Math Can Save Your Life shows you how to use basic arithmetic to answer these and many other questions that come up in everyday life. You'll discover how simple math can make you lots of money, keep you safe, and even save the world. Not bad for something you learned back in grade school.

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.

"Even if you hated math in school, you'll like this book. Jim Stein presents math the way I wish my teachers had: as a practical tool that can be used to solve everyday problems in the real world. Using down-to-earth langauge and real-life examples, Stein shows how even quick, back-of-the-envelope math can help us avoid costly errors."
Joseph T. Hallinan, author of Why We Make Mistakes

"Stein pulls off a literary hat trick by writing a book about mathematics that is fun, friendly and factual. It's the definitive answer to the student's question, 'When will I ever need this stuff?'"
Leonard Wapner, author of The Pea and the Sun: A Mathematical Paradox

Learn how a little math can help:

  • Avert disasters
  • Beat the bookies
  • Boost your grades
  • Extend your life expectancy
  • Fix the economy
  • Improve your love life
  • Make you rich
  • Win arguments
  • And much more!

Editorial Reviews

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:
9780470569740
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/12/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
791 KB

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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