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Turn on The Human Calculator in You: The Human Calculator Paperback – December 20, 2012
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At this point the author seems like a snake oil salesman to me, riding on his record holding reputation to make money off books. This is supported by this review of one of his earlier books: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2VUL29INXT54L/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0060726350&nodeID=283155&store=books
My decision to buy a mental math book was between this one and http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Mental-Math-Mathemagicians-Calculation/dp/0307338401/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401985597&sr=1-1&keywords=mental+math I wish I got Arthur Benjamin's book instead. He has some very engaging TED talks and what is available on the Amazon preview of his book is better than all of 'Turn on the Human Calculator' Also, for someone interested in faster math techniques check out a free youtube channel called 'techmath'.
Now that I have this book and can't return it because I've stupidly already started coloring in it, I'll have a look at it a few more times. If anything 'Clicks' I'll change my review but as of now I can't recommend this book.
It is basically pages and pages of Flansburg's number grid, and the exercises involve using colored pencils or pens to shade the numbers that answer the exercise question. The premise is that doing this will make you familiar with patterns on the grid that will be helpful in doing mental calculations.
Maybe it works, and maybe it doesn't. To an adult, coloring in number shapes over and over would be laboriously dull. And I can't really see a computer-savy kid with a short attention span spending much time on it.
Here is what I recommend to Flansburg instead: Team up with a software developer to create a computer animated flash card type of self-training system. Make it something that a six year old can start with, but with advanced training that adults can jump into.