Everyday Math for Everyday Life could serve as a perfect stand-in for a math tutor! Mark Ryan's mathematic expertise coupled with a desire to help others is evident as he offers refreshing instruction to those of us with rusty math skill. Subtle humor splashed the pages while I learned to tackle seemingly complex situations involving math in my daily life. Never again will I fear helping children with math homework, nor will I avoid conversations involving finance or insurance. I might have overlooked it had I not been led to it during a math course, and for that I'm grateful, because it will hold center stage in my library from now on and should be the math book of choice for any average person as an invaluable resource of basic formulas and fundamental math concepts. Compared to other math books I've look through, this one is the easiest to read and follow. My conclusion is that everyone should have had a math instructor like Mr. Ryan. Owning his book is the next best thing.
This book is great. I was shopping around for a basic math book for my wife, who recently got a management position, and stumbled across Everyday Math for Everyday Life. Most of the other book choices were just pages and pages of numbers, but Mr. Ryan does a wonderful job of putting the numbers into readable and understandable words. It is also well organized and clearly indexed. Now, the book is not only on my wife's desk, but I bought another copy for our reference shelf at home. I found the practical examples and explanations so well put that I expect to use Everyday Math as a resource to help my two school age children with their homework.
I wish I had this book when I was in 5th and 7th grade. I'm not good at math. In fact I have listed on my lifetime things to do list, be good at math. Mark Ryan's book Everyday Math for Everyday Life... is helping me in a big way to reach that goal. I like the approach that the author takes. He's not just telling you how to work a math problem, he's also explains why the process works and in some cases he addresses common mistakes made when trying to solve problems. I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants to use mathemathics to enhance their everyday life.
Full of Real life examples. The cost of credit cards and Mortgage interest rates. Metric system convertion. Fractions, Decimals and Percents. Consumer Price Indexes, Inflation and Money Matters. Probability and Odds. Basic Geometry. The U.S. System of Measurement and much more.
As someone who did research, fact-checking, and preliminary runthoughs for Mark during the early stages of this book's making, I know firsthand how much work went into it. He went well out of his way to make this book simultaneously entertaining and enlightening. The book is obviously geared toward those who aren't math-oriented, but it would be a welcome addition to a math-lover's collection as well. Someone who has enjoyed John Allen Paulos's books "Immumeracy" and "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper," would definately appreciate this too.