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The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics

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First developed during WW2, the Trachtenberg speed system makes possible high-speed arithmetical calcula tions with a remarkable degree of accuracy. The system has e ven been known to beat computer calculations - in some insta nces - in terms of speed '
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Published December 1st 2007 by Souvenir Press (first published 1960)
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Michael
Jun 10, 2009 Michael rated it did not like it
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I'm a math major in school. I'll be applying to graduate school for math in a few months. I'm taking the General GRE in a couple weeks and the Math Subject GRE not long after. So, to help me prepare I bought a few books on... arithmetic?

Yes. See, I have a problem. I screw up arithmetic constantly. I have actually written the following on a Calculus test: "6 + 3 = 8." Usually I'm not quite that bad, but when adding/multiplying large numbers, chances are extremely high I will make a mistake.

So I
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Richard Craig
Dec 24, 2010 Richard Craig rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: science, text-book
If you or perhaps your child,has difficulty with mathematics,the Trachtenberg system is well worth a try.
Trachtenberg developed a clever system of mental mathematics and arithmetic whilst he was being held as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp.Trachtenberg was an outspoken pacifist and openly condemned Hitler and the Nazi regime.
The Trachtenberg method is not only speedy but simple.There are no multiplication tables and no long division as we know it.To add long columns of numbers we need n
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Mainak Jas
Dec 30, 2016 Mainak Jas rated it it was amazing
I read this book long ago (more than 10 years ...). Yet, it is still crystal clear in my head as if it was yesterday. What I really love about this book is not just the methods but the fact that the author offers proofs in the book's appendices. This is in sharp contrast to many books on Vedic mathematics which also dealt with speed mathematics, but the reader is left to trust the author without any proofs. The techniques themselves are rather ingenious. He not only offers methods to compute the ...more
Smallllama
Jun 19, 2016 Smallllama rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. This man should have universities and cities and libraries named after him. Nonetheless, I would not give this book to a child. Its methods could greatly speed up the child but, until a person is sophisticated enough to understand what is going on behind the scenes and WHY these things work, learning to do math this way provides a weak foundation for learning higher concepts. This system's weakness is that it makes math seem like mystical powers.
Priyank
Jul 16, 2013 Priyank rated it really liked it
Simplified techniques to solve the basic day-to-day mathematical problems. Very good book to read at an early stage to get a glimpse of the magic of arithmetic!!!

Although most of the methods need some practice to get a hand-on, some methods are very natural, that we might be doing without consciously knowing about it.
Hilary
Feb 25, 2009 Hilary rated it it was amazing
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Genius book! Trachtenberg devised a new system of teaching mathematics while incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp -- true story! The system works! It is more efficient, effective, and accurate than anything else I have ever seen. This approach should be used in every public school!
voong
Mar 22, 2012 voong marked it as abandoned
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I bought the book on impulse, as it looked promising, but never did finish reading it. The new system appears rather interesting, but (from what I can gather) it seems to require more effort than it is worth. Maybe I'm wrong; one day I'll take a second go at it.
Michelle
Sep 03, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting, somewhat useful. Seems like the authors exaggerate the benefits of the system though. Explanations of the methods are very thorough. A fun read. Lots of cool arithmetic tricks.
Tushar Gargava
Jan 21, 2016 Tushar Gargava rated it liked it
I'll re-read it. But in one read, it seems more complicated than what I'd expected it to be. Maybe once I start working on the methods mentioned, I might understand the significance of it better?
Yingtai
I know it was not part of the brief of this book, but I really would have liked to know why these methods work.
Adrian Goh
Nov 02, 2012 Adrian Goh rated it did not like it
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Didn't really find the system effective or quick. Neither did I find it intuitive. The traditional system was more intuitive and more efficient it seems.
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The late Jakow Trachtenberg, founder of the Mathematical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and originator of the startling new system of arithmetic, was of firm opinion that everyone comes into the world with 'phenomenal calculation possibilities.'

Trachtenberg married Countess Alice, a member of the [German] aristocracy. An outspoken pacifist, Trachtenberg wrote Das Friedensministerium, a widely r
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