This is the perfect introduction for those who have a lingering fear of maths. If you think that maths is difficult, confusing, dull or just plain scary, then The Maths Handbook is your ideal companion.
Covering all the basics including fractions, equations, primes, squares and square roots, geometry and fractals, Dr Richard Elwes will lead you gently towards a greater understanding of this fascinating subject. Even apparently daunting concepts are explained simply, with the assistance of useful diagrams, and with a refreshing lack of jargon.
So whether you're an adult or a student, whether you like Sudoku but hate doing sums, or whether you've always been daunted by numbers at work, school or in everyday life, you won't find a better way of overcoming your nervousness about numbers and learning to enjoy making the most of mathematics.
Dr Richard Elwes is a writer, teacher and researcher in Mathematics and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leeds. He contributes to New Scientist and Plus Magazine and publishes research on model theory. He is the author of Mathematics 1001 published by Quercus.
Introduction. The language of mathematics. Addition. Subtraction. Multiplication. Division. Primes, factors and multiples. Negative numbers and the number line. Decimals. Fractions. Arithmetic with fractions. Powers. The power of 10. Roots and logs. Percentages and proportions. Algebra. Equations. Angles. Triangles. Circles. Area and volume. Polygons and solids. Pythagoras' theorem. Trigonometry. Coordinates. Graphs. Statistics. Probability. Charts. Answers to quizzes. Index.