This title includes a superbly written introduction to the fascinating world of mathematical symbols, their meanings, and their uses. Mention the word mathematics and most people's reaction will be one of general bewilderment. There's something about its language of symbols and equations that many find intimidating. The result is that maths and science books for the general public usually avoid the use of symbols, meaning readers never get to fully appreciate the true power and elegance of mathematics. Math for the Frightened takes the opposite approach, gently introducing readers to the main concepts of mathematics and painlessly demonstrating how they are expressed as symbols, why symbols are used, and what can be achieved by doing so. If you've ever been curious about mathematics but afraid of its complexity, this book will help you overcome your fears and begin to appreciate math in all its glory.
Colin Pask is an emeritus professor of mathematics and a visiting fellow and professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia.