Mathsemantics: Making Numbers Talk Sense by Edward MacNealMathsemantics: Making Numbers Talk Sense by Edward MacNeal

Mathsemantics: Making Numbers Talk Sense

byEdward MacNeal

Paperback | March 1, 1995

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Here is a whole new way of looking at math that liberates math phobes from their anxiety, enables business people to do their jobs more effectively, challenges and informs math buffs, and provides educators with the tools to teach math easily and effectively. How can it do all that? By reuniting numbers and meaning, two subjects that should never have been separated in the first place. Entertaining, anecdotal, and immensely practical, this extraordinary book offers a revolutionary way of looking at math as a language, something that we've all heard before but which has never made sense until now. Mathsemantics is that rare book that will change the way you look at the world—and provide the most sensible and inspiring answer yet to the problem of American innumeracy.

"Eye opening . . . a good antidote to innumeracy."—Library Journal
Title:Mathsemantics: Making Numbers Talk SenseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140234861

ISBN - 13:9780140234862

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Table of Contents

1. A fruitful start
2. The challenge of togetherness
3. Problems with names
4. The magic of names
5. The magic undone
6. More problems with names
7. Three domains
8. Grasping nothing
9. Divorce
10. Writer's cramp
11. Yes, but why does 2 times 2 equal 4?
12. Impurities
13. Roundly speaking
14. A significant number
15. Space rates
16. Caring for symbol systems
17. Sorry to be late
18. Time
19. One for all
20. Estimating
21. On the fence
22. Percentages
23. Surveys
24. The bugs in the bottle

A. Quizzes
B. Quiz index and answers
C. Mathsemantic propositions
Selected sources
General index

From Our Editors

Entertaining, anecdotal, and immensely practical, this book demonstrates that math can't be divorced from meaning, that numbers have inherent semantic content that makes them much easier to handle. A sensible and novel solution to the math block that afflicts our society today.