A Book Review by Frances Kakugawa
Technical Math for Dummies
by Barry Schoenborn and Bradley Simkins
Wiley Publishing, Inc. 2010
What? A math book review by Frances? She, who avoided math her entire life?
She, who got her degree in Pre-school Primary Education to avoid all the math courses in college, thinking she would teach the numbers 1 -10 in pre-school and nothing more? Oh, is she Dummie part of this book? Read to find out…
This book is like that first lick off a chocolate mint ice cream cone or the feel of the ocean breeze on your face ; you just gotta experience it first hand to know why I purchased over a dozen copies for every household of my nieces and nephews, friends who help their children with math homework, K-12, and to a middle school math teacher to remind him how math can be taught with meaning and enjoyment.
This book ought to be next to that dictionary in every household. It covers concepts from addition to Trigonometry in the most learner/reader friendly way. This book covers all subjects at the most practical level. You won’t need to purchase books on various math topics, they’re all here. And I didn’t think I’d chuckle or laugh, learning about math.
Recently a math book for girls was released. What? Technical Book for Dummies doesn’t perpetuate that myth about girls being less teachable or capable. This book addresses all people as learners, thus respecting all learners without indulging in gender myths.
I grew up hating and fearing math and avoided all math courses beyond basic math. This book changed everything. The difference is the humorous and patient voices of the authors. It’s as though they knew they had to be delicate, uncomplicated with their language and funny to hold my attention before they could help me rid myself of past fears. This they did, without a touch of intimidation.
I highly recommend this book. You just gotta read a few pages to know why I compare this to an ice cream cone. Besides, I like authors who have confidence in their work. I’ve been promised that if I can’t balance my check book after the chapter on checkbooks, one of the authors will personally come to my door to balance my checkbook for me.
( If you’re thinking, but you can google, remember, someday when you need information immediately and the power is down, or all machines die, what are you going to do? And besides, don’t you want a friendly, witty, knowledgeable and patient teacher sitting next to you teaching you everything you want to know about math but are too embarrassed to ask? )
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