It is no secret that most people avoid mathematics, in large measure because elementary school teachers have never done much to motivate a love of the subject matter. In his latest book, mathematician Alfred S. Posamentier provides easily understandable, easily presentable and easily replicated tricks that one can do with mathematics. All that is required is the ability to do arithmetic, understand the very basics of algebra and geometry and have an open mind for probability. From geometrical puzzles to numerical quirks, Math Tricks will give readers that "aha!" moment they may never have received at school.
"Mathematics does not have to be sequestered to an ivory tower. Posamentier’s Math Tricks proves that math can be accessible, engaging, and most importantly, pure fun! This book emanates joy and wonder while edifying skills and concepts in arithmetic, logic, geometry, probability and more. If you are seeking a math book that is as entertaining as it is educational, look no further!"
—William Farber, Ed.D., Professor of Mathematics Education, Mercy College and Member of the New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors Hall of Fame
“Once again, Professor Posamentier has given us a brilliant introduction to mathematical activity. Instead of boring arithmetic, he shows us how playing with numbers can become an addictive activity of endless entertainment suitable for almost any age. No teacher or parent should be without this wonderful collection of games, tricks, puzzles, and magic revelations. Above all, this book makes mathematics lessons and evenings with homework just such fun!”
—Baroness Pauline Perry, formerly Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, United Kingdom
“This book presents a treasure trove of wonderful and most unusual aspects of mathematics that the general readership will appreciate. Dr. Posamentier will help readers begin to recognize the power and beauty of mathematics. Math Tricks should have worldwide appeal and set the stage for making mathematics not only useful, but also delightful!”
—Dr. Miriam Amit, Professor of Mathematics Education at Ben Gurion University, Israel, and former National Superintendent of Mathematics Education for the State of Israel
“A love for mathematics can be enhanced beyond the school setting, where the contents of this book will provide many hours of entertaining aspects of mathematics. These easily accessible mathematical marvels will make many of us wonder how they escaped us in school.”
—Margaret R. Harrington, former Chief Executive Officer of Victory Schools and Chief Executive for School Programs & Student Support Services, New York City Board of Education
“Finding the hidden logic in mathematical tricks and quirks is one of the most satisfying intellectual adventures, giving us the ‘aha’ moments that we all need from time to time. If you share Math Tricks with friends - and the book shows you how to do it - it will make great dinner talks. Take the book with you in good company and enjoy having fun with mathematics. Success guaranteed.”
—Peter Skalicky, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics and former Rektor,
University of Technology, Vienna
“It is rare to find a book that can so effortlessly combine humor and math; scholarship and anecdotes. The author’s love of math comes through effusively and is contagious. Without sacrificing rigor, his writing will lure readers, willingly, deep into a subject that too many find dry and difficult. Math Tricks is a pleasure to read.”
—Maria Tamargo, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry at The City College of New York
“Readers will get an inside look at math’s color and beauty. Math is like a garden full of exotic flowers. In Math Tricks, you are guided by the gardener with patience and understanding through this world. You won’t want to leave it.”
—Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ackermann, former President of the Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin