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 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.


10 thoughts on “The Arithmetic of Life and Death

  1. Senthil Kumaran Senthil Kumaran says:

    The author takes upon all aspects of life with a mathematical bent of mind The book consists of a number of short anecdotes about life and mathematical calculation of the events and outcomes I got hooked and purchased this one, when I read one such account, which involved, a teenager deciding to quit his college mid way and his father being furios at his decision His elder brothers follows a methodical approach and takes him to a library and both of them get the records of the labor department which shows the statistics of average salary over the degrees earned They kind of derived a conclusion that, if he just puts in with the college for 2 years, he would on an average, over his lifetime of next 40 years, will be earn twice as much as he would earn by dropping out now If that was divided by hours he is going to spend for next yea...


  2. Eric Eric says:

    Human beings are terribly bad at numbers especially large numbers and probability This books consists of short fictional episodes that explain many aspects of our lives in numbers such as sports, incomes, life expectancy, risks and etc that are indeed matters of life and death Some of data are outdated the book was published first in early 2000s, I believe, some of the topics are not very interesting at least to me, but the way the author explains rather hard numbers and probability with interesting fictional omnibus episodes helps feel the numbers well If a reader does not like numbers at all, this book may bring a little headache though none of arithmetic or statistics goes too wonkish One possible complain about the book is...


  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    This book is twenty years old, which means the statistics aren t up to date Yet, the arguments presented still apply, one need only look up current data.While I vehemently disagreed with the premise s thoughts on how to fix math educa...


  4. Matthew Deforrest Matthew Deforrest says:

    The book is well done I would have liked to have given it a half a star It is better than three stars but not quite a four star book and I would recommend it for those casually interested in the application of math to some of life or ...


  5. Jay Jay says:

    very insightful


  6. Brad Hensley Brad Hensley says:

    This book was 3 out of 5 stars It became extremely slow at times and even hard to follow with the statistics and so forth But good insight every now and then.


  7. Joshua Patrao Joshua Patrao says:

    Good read Recommended.


  8. NoRa NoRa says:

    I really liked this book I least enjoyed reading the middle parts, though The ones concerning business and politics