Math for Life
Crucial Ideas You Didn't Learn in SchoolBook - 2012
How can we solve the national debt crisis? Should you or your child take on a student loan? Is it safe to talk on a cell phone while driving? Are there viable energy alternatives to fossil fuels? Could simple policy changes reduce political polarization? These questions may all seem very different, but they share two things in common. First, they are all questions with important implications for either personal success or our success as a nation. Second, they all concern topics that we can fully understand only with the aid of clear quantitative or mathematical thinking. In other words, they are topics for which we need math for life, a kind of math that looks quite different from most of the math that we learn in school, but that is just as (and often more) important. In this book the author simply and clearly explains the key ideas of quantitative reasoning and applies them to all the above questions and many more. He also uses these questions to analyze our current education system, identifying both shortfalls in the teaching of mathematics and solutions for our educational future.
Publisher: Greenwood Village, Colo. : Roberts and Co., c2012.
Branch Call Number: 510 Bennett
Characteristics: ix, 211 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.