Does your job involve figure work that brings you out in a cold sweat?
Do you increasingly have to focus on and understand spreadsheets, financial statements, ratios and other number-based nightmares?
Relax - Great at my job but Crap at Numbers is a practical and fun guide to getting to grips with the arithmetic.
Covering all of the intimidating mathematical challenges you are likely to face in your career, it uses humorous examples to illustrate serious points about the usefulness of arithmetic in everyday life.
By approaching the topic with explanations of real-life examples from the media, advertisements, products and services the book allows you to connect easily to all those scary figures you have to juggle every day.
Mac Bride has made his supporting website with some fun stuff and useful resources: http://www.crapatnumbers.net/Areas covered include:Mental MathsTerminology in everyday use e.g. mathematics, arithmetic; millions/billionsUnwholesome numbers: fractions and decimalsCommon Conversions e.g.
Mph:kph; Mpg:kpg; Miles:Km; Temperature: Fahrenheit: Celsius; Time Zones; Exchange ratesRatios and proportionsMeasuring business performance: Priceless percentages Averages: Mode, Median and MeanProbability and odds Entree EconomicsShow me my money: Personal Finance Each chapter builds on the last and ends with practice tests, answers and explanations, helping you to consolidate what you are learning. NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of how to crunch numbers. TRY THISFun exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.