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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (July 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440512639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440512636
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Laing 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, The City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Advocate. Visit her blog at www.mathforgrownups.com.

More About the Author

Laura Laing is the girl who is convinced that everyone can do math. Really. As a self-proclaimed math evangelist, she rejects the idea that you are not good at math. Did you forget the tools that you need to do the basic math required to get through the day? It's likely. Are you afraid of math? Maybe. Can you overcome all of these challenges? Abso-tootin'-lutely.

A freelance writer for more than 13 years, Laing has been published in a wide range of publications, from Parade to Baltimore's City Paper. She also works with corporations, small businesses and non-profits in developing compelling content and marketing materials. With a degree in math education and experience teaching high school, she is a freelance curriculum developer, writing online lessons, video scripts and test items for a variety of clients.

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Customer Reviews

This was a fun book to read!
Roxie
Not sure what is happening today but many young people seem to be math-a-phobic.
joevas
Math for Grownups is a good book for grownups who are math phobics!
Connie Dunn

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Jaffe Hubbell on July 29, 2011
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I have long worried about the time when I wouldn't be able to help my son with his homework. When would he bypass my skills -- especially in the kinds of math that I just haven't had to use in a long while.

Thankfully, Laura Laing has written a great refresher course in Math For Grownups. It's wise, witty, and most importantly, will get me through my son's next few math classes.

Thank you Laura! I'm in your debt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sybil L. Holloway on July 26, 2011
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Math for Grownups is a great book! Laura Laing does a wonderful job of explaining several math concepts in simple terms and in a friendly tone. The many real-life examples she provides with step-by-step solutions are excellent. This refresher course was helpful and I plan to refer to specific chapters in the future as problem-solving situations come up. Math for Grownups is a worthwhile investment of time and money. Highly recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roxie on June 22, 2011
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This was a fun book to read! Math can be challenging, and this book made it easier. The book is full of useful tips and funny stories. Most of these books would bore me to tears. I'll actually read this one again, and use it for shopping, car buying, travel and much more.
Definitely worth the money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Montreal reader on September 7, 2011
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As a former mathophobe, I found Laura Laing's book to be extremely helpful, engaging and fun to read. I find it odd that some people are writing a review of Ms. Laing's book based on an error made by a USA TODAY reporter. Perhaps you should actually READ the book before deciding how you feel about it!
I have already loaned my copy out to two people, who also found it very worthwhile.
Now I can help my child with his homework with total confidence!
Well done, Ms. Laing!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on September 23, 2011
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The idea behind "Math for Grownups" by Laura Laing is a good one, but the execution is poor.

There are no figures in the book and yet the author is writing about everyday math.
For example, she helps the reader construct a flower bed without any visual help.

Secondly, there are at least three major errors in the book.
For example, on page 116, the author says, "If you divide 23 by 12,
you'll end up with 2 1/12 cups", but 2 1/12 should be 1 11/12.
On page 204, the formula for converting Celsius to Fahrenheit should be
9C/5 + 32, not 9/5(C+32).

Dennis White
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Slosser on February 4, 2014
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Found this book entertaining and helpful. Reminded me of things I should have remembered from elementary school and Jr. high, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katie C. Nelson VINE VOICE on January 6, 2012
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I love to stock our bookshelves with books that bring out the fun side of math so my children grow up with a better attitude about the subject than I did. The good news is that it's working! They really do read the books about math that I have collected and I know this one will be a great reference for all of us. It's all about the type of math I'm good at - the practical stuff! I can figure out a sale discount, estimate budget amounts in my head, and plan how much time it will take us to drive downtown without any problem. I just got lost when they started throwing in x and y and made me memorize theorems. I've been brushing up on my skills with this book and also having some fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek Moskal on December 10, 2012
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Got this book as it seemed to be interesting. It does a great job at providing some basic shortcuts for life's daily tasks.
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