Adult Books

I Wish I Knew That: Math
Cool Stuff You Need to Know

By Mike Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Subject: Bestselling I Used to Know That Series
Paper-over-board | 144 pages | 5 3/8 x 8 x 11/16
US$9.99 | CAN$10.99
Publication Date: 2012-05-10
ISBN: 9781606524732
EBOOK: 9781606524756

Unlock the mysteries of math and discover the wonder of numbers. From fractions to pi, and measurements to probability, kids will find out incredible information, such as why zero is so useful; how to tell time on Earth and other planets; how music, math, and space, are all connected and so much more!

With clear, commonsense explanations of mathematical concepts and fun and interesting applications, this book is a great way to increase an understanding of math. The concepts addressed include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Basic operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • The math behind money
  • The connections between math and music
  • Irrational numbers—why did Pythagoras have one of his followers killed just for talking about the square root of 2?
  • The value of zero
  • Angles—from acute, all the way to reflexive
  • Coordinates and the Cartesian plane
  • Probability What is the likelihood of being struck by lightning?
  • Logic—induction, deduction and Sherlock Holmes
  • Computers and algorithms
  • Code breaking from ancient Rome to super computers

With its readable style and engaging examples, I Wish I Knew That: Math can give children a head start or a helping hand in their understanding of math. Even grownups could learn a thing or two that they may have forgotten or maybe things they never learned at all! Includes over 100 whimsical illustrations!