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Do the Math!: On Growth, Greed, and Strategic Thinking Paperback – March 14, 2012

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412999596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412999595
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book is easy to understand and very readable. I very much enjoyed the author’s ability to use fables to explain mathematical concepts, he does manage to capture the reader’s attention right from the beginning.” (Guillermo Wated 2011-10-28)

“I personally love the unabashed connection to morality, what you should do versus what you can do, which rarely shows up in books today.” (Stephen N. Kitzis 2011-10-28)

“The key strength is in the description of the problems that greed has created, and the impact that has on our physical and social environment. Equipping students with the knowledge to look at statistical reports on the economy, for example, and to be skeptical and know that there is more to the story in the numbers is very valuable, and could help make better consumers.” (Nancy Sonleitner 2011-10-28)

“The key strengths of the text are the numerous examples and stories related to connecting political, economic, cultural, scientific, and mathematical concepts. Some stories are classic tales, some are current events, and others are hypothetical situations that all make the reader think and provide excellent visual matter.” (Terry F. Pettijohn II 2011-10-28)

“The author does a good job demystifying some pretty sophisticated mathematical concepts through the use of engaging and entertaining examples.” (John Bohte 2011-10-28)

“Students…benefit from an understanding of the role of statistical analysis, probability and calculus in governmental systems, historical trending and political prediction. The text encourages readers to consider the larger implications of fundamental mathematical concepts.” (Steve B. Lem 2011-10-28)

About the Author

John K. White (Ph.D.) has a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Ph.D. from University College, Dublin in Applied Physics. Currently, he is a lecturer and Research Fellow at University College, Dublin. However, over the past 25 years, he has also worked as Project Manager and Technical Writer for Sun Microsystems, as a Computational Analysis/Technical Writer for Berminghammer Foundation, Consultant for Interactive Image Technologies for ScotiaBank, and Programmer/Computational analyst for the Ontario Government. He has a wide range of interests and is also active in promoting science and physics in secondary schools. He has published widely in a range of areas in academic journals, has contributed chapters to edited volumes, and has authored a number of technical publications.

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John K. White is a physicist, educator, and writer, and has been active in promoting numeracy and critical thinking throughout a 25-year career. He is currently a consultant and adjunct lecturer at the School of Physics, University College Dublin, and has been collecting mathematical anecdotes for years. With the ongoing world economic crises, "doing the math" has never been more important to help redress issues about fairness and become better informed.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anders on August 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book offers a cohesive and informative summary of a lot of math, and does so in a way that's easy to understand. I am not a math whiz by any means, but reading Do The Math helped me deepen my knowledge as well as reinforcing some core concepts that I think I last looked at in high school, but which are useful (and which I'm glad to be re-reminded of). Financial literacy is so key these days, and this book does a great job at explaining a lot of basics. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Belen Roza on May 15, 2012
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I am no specialist by any means and this is the first book on Economics and Maths which I fully understand. Moreover, I really enjoyed it! It contains so many examples and practical cases that even the most complicated abstract concepts are easily grabbed. The notes at the end of every chapter are of incredible added value, since they simplify technical definitions for the reader who is not familiar with general economic terms, such as GDP, derivatives, recession shapes, etc.
Most parts are certainly interesting and keep you absorbed, as the book is very well written, but my favourite chapters are those which give solutions to our current economic problems in a cooperative way, using common sense and respectful behaviour toward others. The famous sentence "Be nice, clear your ice", for example, summarizes a whole philosophy of social collaboration which has lately been replaced by greed and selfishness, bringing developed countries to the current deep recession.
I give the book five stars and I think it should be a compulsory reading for undergraduates starting economic and social studies. It is also very enlightening for those involved in researching methods and statistics, and I highly recommend it to any person who would like to be better informed about the wiser economic choices we can make in our daily life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fergus McGrath on November 11, 2013
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Physics and economics are all-pervasive, they have an all-pervasive effect on the human experience. In this book John White skilfully identifies and negotiates their intersection and does so in a manner that is practical, theoretical and indeed instructive. In an easily readable style White fuses the profound with the frivolous and to do so he imaginatively draws from the realms of politics, sport, children's fables, presidential speeches, sociology, board games and planetary influences. Even the moral leanings of the Scholastic Philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas get a mention. This, however, is no exercise in egotistical esotericism. This is an evidence based book with plenty to say. The title is possibly a bit reductionist in nature as this is a book that is about a lot more than maths (or even growth, greed and strategic thinking). Crises can make ideas feel urgent and at a time of international recession this book contains an abundance of ideas. Aside from deliberation around economics and physics White's tome serves as a philosophical framework for the use of currency in its broadest definition as an impetus for a more ethical world, for more fulfilling personal relationships and for a greater understanding of what it means to be human.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark in Los Angeles on March 11, 2013
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DO THE MATH! is both entertaining and relevant with tons of easy to relate to examples that will make you smarter and make your kids - assuming they read it - more likely to look to the future on more than a prayer that they make it as an actor, a rapper or a pro-athlete. Math is sexier than you realize! And more useful, too. Numbers are super important and this book provides a sound and contextual backdrop that will show you how understanding maths can help you change your understanding of the world. Not just help you count your change.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miranda Whist on July 29, 2012
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Great Book. An informative read yet highly accessible this pertinent piece is equally educational as it is entertaining. It touches base on many interesting topics and as such I feel well versed and more equipped to partake in relevant discussions of the day. Definitely provides some good talking points for the dinner table! Highly recommended.
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