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Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind

A Journey Through Viral Maths

Kyle D. Evans



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Atlantic Books
30 November 2021
From the infamous 'Hannah's sweets' exam question to percentages 'life-hacks', viral maths problems seem to capture the public's imagination without fail. This is often because they blow people's minds with their logic, or there are multiple answers, or no answer or at all, or they are just generally wacky. The same people who will openly celebrate that they 'never got maths' will fight tooth and nail with their Auntie on Facebook over whether the answer to 60 + 60 x 0 + 1 is 61 or 1 (it's 61, by the way.).

Why do friends and relatives who would glaze over in a maths lesson pile into a discussion with strangers on social media over why the grey elephant comes from Denmark? Maths teacher and award-winning science communicator Kyle D Evans wants to explore exactly what it is about viral social media puzzles that is so appealing.

Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind presents 50 or so viral maths problems from recent years with background information, explanations and solutions to similar problems, all in a humorous, accessible and inclusive manner.

Want to dazzle and delight your friends and family? This book shows you how!
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   271g
ISBN:   9781838953669
ISBN 10:   1838953663
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
i: Introduction 1: THIS ONE COOL MATHS TRICK WILL BLOW YOUR MIND: Maths tricks and 'life hacks' 2: IT WAS DIFFERENT IN MY DAY: Pre-internet viral maths 3: BACK TO SCHOOL: Viral exam questions and classroom conundrums 4: OUT OF ORDER: The trouble with BODMAS 5: BAD MATHS: When Facebook meets algebra 6: GET INTO SHAPE: Genius geometry problems vii: CONCLUSION: A better viral maths future? viii: Solutions

Kyle D Evans is a maths teacher and award-winning maths presenter and entertainer. In 2016 he was crowned UK champion of Famelab, an international competition run by Cheltenham Science Festival to find the best new voices in science communication. He regularly gives talks (and sings) about maths at schools, festivals and comedy clubs around the UK, as well as presenting to large crowds of teenagers at events such as Maths Inspiration. He is passionate about increasing the mathematical literacy of children and adults.

Reviews for Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind: A Journey Through Viral Maths

A chirpy guide to the most shared maths nuggets on the internet. -- Alex Bellos, author of ALEX'S ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND A cornucopia of numerical tricks and other quirky delights. I loved it. -- Tim Harford, author of HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD ADD UP

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