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Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 4, 2006
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—Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times (The New York Times )
From the Back Cover
The opposite sex, office politics, questions about career—even wardrobe. It’s all here, plus a calculator to eliminate any margin of error.
Top Customer Reviews
On the negative side, the "Dating and Relationships" section is completely written for a male perspective and generally invokes some negative stereotypes of women. The book could definitely use more egalitarian language to give it a broader appeal.
The calculator included with the book (packaged in the front cover) does not have an exponent function, even though most of the equations use an exponent. Did the publisher's marketing department even glance at the text before picking the gimmicky cover?
The equations mostly come out as "if good factors > bad factors, then do it", with logical "ands" (i.e., both things need to happen) represented by multiplication and logical "ors" (i.e., at least one thing needs to happen) represented by additions. There are the occassional quadratics, cubics, and square roots to give a veneer of mathematic complexity, but most of these can be reduced to simpler factors and reasons. It can be fun to think about what the author intended, and the extra work put in to make it more substantial than a "sum up the score points" can be appreciated (even if there's no basis for correctness).
The book is inexpensive, so buy it as a silly coffee table book that can be brushed through in an hour; don't buy it for someone only because they have a math, engineering, or physics background. If they don't like this style of humor, then it will be a dud. Anyone buying it for the cover's marketing (i.e., the "foolproof equations") will likewise be sorely disappointed.
If you are hoping to find some practical, actually usable equations/graphs based on some scientific studies of some sort, this is not the book for you. The ones presented in the book are essentially whacky, humorous, "overly complex" equations with 6-8 or more variables, with the majority of the variables are actually just subjective rating values on a scale of 1-10. The author even lightly suggested, "you can adjust the equations by adding more variables to suit your needs."
So I spent around 15 minutes skimming over some of equations (especially those dealing with less clichéd topics, yay I can still wear speedos) and read some of descriptions and quickly put it to rest.
On the other hand, this book makes a great gift for fellow geeks, I suppose.
This will be a great Christmas present. I already bought several copies for my friends and family - they are going to love it!!!
One of the funniest books I have read in a long, long time. I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At first I thought that this would be lame, but there are actually a lot of fun and well thought out equations in this book. Some of them quite hilarious. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ecolometrics
Cute book, best suited for geeks. It was fun to see how they constructed the equations, and easy to apply these equations to other situations. Lots of fun.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a cute idea, but you wouldn't want to apply it to any real dilemmas. It's just fun for a couple read-throughs or a funny gift.Published 21 months ago by Maymay
Ok, so I am a bit of a math geek.
This book is so clever, and so humorous, while actually having mathematical relevance to everyday situations. Read more
This would be a fun, silly gift - nothing to be taken seriously, but a good gag gift pick - if it weren't so sexist. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Abigail Scott
This book has nice equations that are designed with excellent variables to evaluate all sorts of questions. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Brian Mccusker
I was familiar with Garth Sundem's work through his appearances on various science programs and I was hoping that this book would be in a similar vein. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by John C. Simpson
This is a great book for those students who want to be challenged. Not sure if you can get a student to read...give them something they want to read about. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by rick gagliano