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The Maths Handbook: Everyday Maths Made Simple

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This is the perfect introduction for those who have a lingering fear of maths. If you think that maths is difficult, confusing, dull or just plain scary, then The Maths Handbook is your ideal companion. Covering all the basics including fractions, equations, primes, squares and square roots, geometry and fractals, Dr Richard Elwes will lead you gently towards a greater und ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Quercus (first published January 1st 2011)
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Brian Clegg
I can't score this book more than 3 stars because it's not really popular maths, but it does what it sets out to do rather well, so it should be seen in this context. As Richard Elwes points out in his introduction 'I was never any good at maths,' is something you hear all the time. What he sets out to do - and succeeds in admirably - is taking the reader step by step through the basics of maths to be able to manage those slippery figures with ease.

The approach is not as heavy as a textbook, tho
I really want this one for my bookshelf. It is similiar to the The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Math, it is an excellent reference book, good for refreshing forgotten concepts, and brushing up on topics that you only vaguely understood in school.

This book is verbose, it is very much about explaining the concepts with a few examples (and I like the end-of-chapter quiz) rather than giving lots of repetitive questions.

I think the wordiness might be off-putting to someone afraid of maths (but m
Elwes, R. (2013). The Math Handbook. Quercus.

Type of Reference: Handbook e-book

Call Number: Ref 510

Content/Scope: Contents include a breakdown of chapters in fractions, equations, and square roots; quizzes in each chapter, diagrams, and graphs.

Currency: The print book version was last updated in 2012 and e-book version in September 2013.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Quercus is a young publishing company, but has made a name for itself in a very short amount of time. It was named Publisher of the Year
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