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{download Textbooks} The Arithmetic of Life and DeathAuthor George Shaffner –

Whether You Realize It Or Not, Numbers Are Everywhere And Integral To Almost Every Facet Of Your Life From Your Next Raise In Pay To The Inevitable Rise Of Inflation, Your Weekly Family Budget To Your End Of The National Debt And As George Shaffner Amazingly Reveals, There Are Discerning Answers And A Great Measure Of Comfort In Numbers In The Arithmetic Of Life, He Applies The Basic Principles Of Mathematics Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, And Division To Some Of The Most Profound And Just Plain Puzzling Questions Of Our TimeIlluminated With Anecdotes, Humor, And Insight, Each Chapter Explains A Unique Part Of Life That Can Be Understood Only Through The Magic Of Numbers Whether It S An Unconventional Theory On Why Things Go Wrong Than Right, A Simple Calculation Of How Much It Will Cost You To Smoke For A Lifetime, Why Crime Accumulatively Doesn T Pay, Or A Glimpse Into The Probability Of Life After Death, This Enlightening And Lucidly Reasoned Book Will Forever Change The Way You Think About Numbers And The World Around You

10 thoughts on “The Arithmetic of Life and Death

  1. says:

    The author takes upon all aspects of life with a mathematical bent of mind The book consists of a number of short anecdotes about life and mathematical calculation of the events and outcomes I got hooked and purchased this one, when I read one such account, which involved, a teenager deciding to quit his college mid way and his father being furios at his decision His elder brothers follows a methodical approach and takes him to a library and both of them get the records of the labor department which shows the statistics of average salary over the degrees earned They kind of derived a conclusion that, if he just puts in with the college for 2 years, he would on an average, over his lifetime of next 40 years, will be earn twice as much as he would earn by dropping out now If that was divided by hours he is going to spend for next years, the amounted for a cost that is going to get for every hour That aspect alone, convinces him to put up with just few years and get done with his degree.After reading this account, I thought, I should buy and read this book completely I don t regret it I loved many stories which were presented There are many suggestions on how to view situations in life, mathematically and assign values and draw up probabilities The content is presented in a easy to read manner too Sometimes, I had to avoid getting int some details, but just understand the overview Overall, I liked reading this book.

  2. says:

    Human beings are terribly bad at numbers especially large numbers and probability This books consists of short fictional episodes that explain many aspects of our lives in numbers such as sports, incomes, life expectancy, risks and etc that are indeed matters of life and death Some of data are outdated the book was published first in early 2000s, I believe, some of the topics are not very interesting at least to me, but the way the author explains rather hard numbers and probability with interesting fictional omnibus episodes helps feel the numbers well If a reader does not like numbers at all, this book may bring a little headache though none of arithmetic or statistics goes too wonkish One possible complain about the book is that the book loses its focus a bit because it tries to cover wide range of topics in very short episodes The whole book runs just about 200 pages.Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it We needs to be numerically literate.

  3. says:

    This book is twenty years old, which means the statistics aren t up to date Yet, the arguments presented still apply, one need only look up current data.While I vehemently disagreed with the premise s thoughts on how to fix math education just skip the preface , the rest was very well written and reasoned The title very accurately describes this collection of essays, and I look forward to reading it with my students.

  4. says:

    The book is well done I would have liked to have given it a half a star It is better than three stars but not quite a four star book and I would recommend it for those casually interested in the application of math to some of life or for a high school to early university aged individual needing some help with making sense of the adult world I could have used some of this at that age I found the essay Life after Death the most interesting of the reads.

  5. says:

    very insightful

  6. says:

    This book was 3 out of 5 stars It became extremely slow at times and even hard to follow with the statistics and so forth But good insight every now and then.

  7. says:

    Good read Recommended.

  8. says:

    I really liked this book I least enjoyed reading the middle parts, though The ones concerning business and politics