How Math Can Save Your Life: (And Make You Rich, Help You Find The One, and Avert Catastrophes)
Wiley | ISBN: 0470437758 | 256 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
Taking his lead from Freakonomics, mathematics professor Stein examines everyday, occasional, and inevitable life problems, what’s the financial benefit of a college degree over a lifetime? Is gambling more cost-efficient entertainment than a first-run movie? How much money does a hybrid car actually save? Through the lens of arithmetic, with enlightening, and sometimes surprising, results. HOW MATH CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE addresses topics like genetics, statistics, and economics with practical knowledge sure to heighten math literacy and the appreciation for it. Stein illustrates concepts like game theory by analyzing the benefit-to-risk ratio of his father’s surgery, buying flowers for a significant other, and whom to ask to the prom.