I must say I was a bit disappointed in DK’s What’s the Point of Math? ($25.99). I was hoping it would reaffirm my believe there is no point in math, but instead the book proved there is a point – even algebra.

Math has never been my friend. We spent many hours sitting at the table attempting to memorize the times tables (never was a success) and even more hours being angry as we never learned to understand each other.

In my copy editing days, I would make note to the second editor that I couldn’t figure out if the math offered by politicians or organizations worked out. I knew I had to check it, I just didn’t understand if it added up.

So it is rather impressive I actually read at least something on every page of What’s the Point of Math? I still can’t measure things and my eyes did glaze over during the proportions chapter, but I found the history of counting fascinating (although curse those ancient civilizations for coming up with math initially) and the section on how to keep secrets interesting.

There is a lot of information packed into this book, which offers a mix of real picture and illustrations and real-life examples. There are also times where you can apply what you learned, such as measuring the square footage of your bedroom and being able to pick out which of the diagrams are successful Eulerian paths.

For people who like math and haven’t had a lifelong hate relationship with it, this DK Book probably would make you really happy. In fact my guy, who loves and understands math, loved the book and all its chapters.

For those of us who hope we would discover a book what told us there really isn’t a point of math, prepared to be disappointed – and learn a thing or two.

A copy of this book was provided by DK Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.