MATHEMATICS IN YOUR WORLD by K. W. Menninger

MATHEMATICS IN YOUR WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from June 15th Bulletin (p. 530 J-150) when scheduled for earlier publication reads as follows: ""Not a mathematics text, but a thorough explanation of the rule -- hidden and overt -- that mathematics plays in our everyday lives. Though the author avoids technical language, the concepts he describes call for a mathematically curious, if not skilled, audience. The topics are unique -- and until the reader is deftly-taught how they involve math, he may find them remote. ""Why the elephant is not a flea"" may sound like the title of a picture book legend -- but in reality. It heads up a chapter on volume, size vs. mobility, influences of body heat. The mathematical elements involved in buying a car, entering a football pool, gardening, etc., will surprise the average layman. For the better informed reader -- one who can calculate with appropriate symbols -- there is a paragraph in smaller print attached to each topic. Erudite without being dull, this should fill the bill for many students in high school and college who seek a better understanding of mathematical relationships.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1962
Publisher: Viking