The Arithmetic of Life and Death

The Arithmetic of Life and Death

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
Whether you realize it or not, numbers are everywhere--and integral to almost every facet of your life . . . from your next raise in pay to the inevitable rise of inflation, your weekly family budget to your end of the national debt. And as George Shaffner amazingly reveals, there are discerning answers (and a great measure of comfort) in numbers. In The Arithmetic of Life, he applies the basic principles of mathematics--addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division--to some of the most profound and just plain puzzling questions of our time.

Illuminated with anecdotes, humor, and insight, each chapter explains a unique part of life that can be understood only through the magic of numbers. Whether it's an unconventional theory on why more things go wrong than right, a simple calculation of how much it will cost you to smoke for a lifetime, why crime (accumulatively) doesn't pay, or a glimpse into the probability of life after death, this enlightening and lucidly reasoned book will forever change the way you think about numbers--and the world around you.

Baker & Taylor
Finding the equation for life is the goal in an innovative new book that uses basic mathematics to calculate our next pay raise, a rise in the inflation rate, our family budget, and the national debt, among other numbers essential to the way we live. Originally published as The Arithmetic of Life. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001, ©1999
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780345426451
Characteristics: xv, 204 p. ; 19 cm


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