Math for Grownups Book Review

Monday, July 04, 2011

Math doesn't have to be your BFF, but you can get along in public.



Math was my weakest subject in school, because I considered it as one of the most boring and challenging subjects. As I got older, I realized it was a subject that I wish I had paid more attention to. Math is essential for an everyday life, from trying to size up Mom’s tomato sauce recipe for a party of 10 to budgeting for that dream vacation. Math manages to crop it's ugly and boring way into a multitude of situations, from the grocery store to the craft room.

Thankfully, Math for Grownups: Relearn the Arithmetic You Forgot From School by Laura Laing makes math more enjoyable and manageable. It's a great refresher that provides examples ranging from calculating your monthly mortgage payment, to figuring out if that new refrigerator will fit in an old kitchen. She easily swipes away any myth you have about math and offers simplistic ways for individuals to tap into their inner math geek. This book is worth every penny. Do the math!

This accessible paperback offers lighthearted, simple examples of how math can make any grownup’s life easier. Math for Grownups is a funny journey through a variety of ordinary settings: the gym, the garden, the car dealership.

This practical guide shows that math can stop being scary and start being useful. Laing teaches grownups everywhere how to:

- Quickly and confidently calculate the tip in a restaurant.

- Figure out if those cute, designer shoes are affordable.

- Determine whether or not to ask for a raise or an extra week’s vacation, and calculate how much that raise will really amount to (after taxes).

- Calculate the amount of materials needed for a sewing or craft project.

- Help a third grader with his fraction homework.

- Convert calories into cardio time.

The author is a teacher and self-proclaimed math-evangelist. She graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Mathematics. After teaching high school math for four years, she became a staff writer for Inside Business. Her articles have appeared in Parade, Parents, American Baby, The City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Advocate. She blogs at http://mathforgrownups.com.

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