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Lawrence Potter studied Classics at Oxford and has since travelled to Central America, taught English in Romania and Maths in Rwanda. He now teaches Maths in London. He is also the author of Mathematics Without Fear.
This is definitely one of the best and most informative and useful non-fiction books I've read this year. It is a life raft for anyone who finds themselves floundering amidst a sea of ten-second soundbites, wishing they had a better grasp of complexities of world politics and global issues. Clear, concise language sets the record straight on a diverse range of topics as Lawrence Potter presents answers to fifty-seven questions about the world we live in, stretching from What is jihad? to is fair trade a good thing? and Is there still a war in Chechnya?
Forget your classroom nightmares and discover how numbers can enhance and illuminate your world!How can math help you bet on horses or win in Vegas?What's the foolproof way to solve Sudoku? How can probabilityteach you to calculate your chances of survival inRussian roulette?In this irreverent and entertaining guide to mathematics,Lawrence Potter takes the fear out of everything from longdivision to percentages. Using fascinating puzzles and surprisingexamples, he shows us how math is connected withthe world we encounter every day, from how the VAT works towhy weather forecasts are wrong, from winning at Monopolyto improving your mental arithmetic. Along the way you'llalso discover who invented numbers, whether animals cancount, and what nuns have to do with multiplication.