Math Magic

Math Magic

How to Master Everyday Math Problems

Book - 2004 | Revised edition, first Perennial Current edition
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The "Human Calculator" shows readers the traditional disciplines of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and explains how to use these mathematical disciplines to solve everyday math problems, in a new edition of his popular introduction to mathematics. Original. 25,000 first printing.


Don't live in fear of math any longer.

Math Magic makes math what you may never have imagined it to be: easy and fun!

Scott Flansburg -- "the Human Calculator" who believes that there are no "mathematical illiterates," just people who have not learned how to make math work for them -- demonstrates how everyone can put their phobia to rest and deal with essential every-day mathematical calculations with confidence. This is the book for millions of otherwise successful adults who are afraid to balance their checkbooks and don't know how to figure interest on savings or credit, and for the millions of students who dread their math classes and live in fear of the SAT math section.

In Math Magic, Scott Flansburg shows the reader how to:

  • Master the basics, including the real way addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division work
  • Simplify calculations through estimation
  • Quick-check answers
  • Convert metric measures to more familiar ones
  • Figure tips, taxes, and percentages -- never get short-changed again!
  • Master algebra using the nine easy steps to algebra

Math Magic is for all of us who need and want to improve our understanding of math. With the help of Flansburg, the Guinness World Record holder as the Fastest Human Calculator, you can do math just like magic.

Book News
This light-hearted, upbeat guide is for readers unsure of basic math skills, or those seeking a way to be more proficient at the basic calculations that are part of everyday life. Coverage includes basic math, learning tips, and shortcuts to calculations. Flansburg has been dubbed by TV personality Regis Philbin "the Human Calculator " and holds the Guiness world record for human calculation speed. He is joined for this edition (the original was published in 1993) by Victoria Hay (credentials not stated). Revisions include a brief new chapter on zero, but other changes are not specified. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Perennial Current, 2004
Edition: Revised edition, first Perennial Current edition
ISBN: 9780060726355
Branch Call Number: 513 Flansburg 2004
Characteristics: xv, 342 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hay, Victoria


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