Friday, September 25, 2009

Secrets of Mental Math

Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks by Arthur Benjamin Michael Shermer (Authors)



“A great introduction to the wonder of numbers, from two superb teachers.”
—Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

“A magical mystery tour of mental mathematics! Fascinating and fun.”
—Joseph Gallian, president of the Mathematical Association of America

“The clearest, simplest, most entertaining, and best book yet on the art of calculating in your head.”

Martin Gardner, author of Mathematical Magic Show and Mathematical Carnival

“This book can teach you mental math skills that will surprise you and your friends. Better, you will have fun and have valuable practical tools inside your head.”
—Dr. Edward O. Thorp, mathematician and author of Beat the Dealer and Beat the Market Right to the point, effective, and funIt gets right to the point. It's very well written. It's fun. It's practical. And as long as you take your time to mentally practice what you're learning along the way, you can and should be able to master the techniques in this book. You needn't have any mathematical expertise going in. Of course, the author doesn't promise anything special about what you can do with these abilities, although there are some practical applications suggested along the way. All I can say is that it's fun and gives you something interesting to do with your brain when you're bored. And certainly if you like Math already or are a Math teacher, it can be tremendously helpful.

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