Geek Logik: Easier Living Through Mathematics ハードカバー – 2006/10/4
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Here for the geek in all of us are fifty foolproof equations that take the guesswork out of lifeand the funniest twist on an idea since Richard Smiths The Dieters Guide to Weight Loss During Sex. Call it the algebra oracle: By plugging in the right variables, GEEK LOGIK answers lifes most persistent questions. It covers Dating and Romance, Career and Finance, and everyday decisions like Should I get a tattoo? Can I still wear tight jeans? Is it time to see a therapist? How many beers should I have at the company picnic?
How does it work? Take a simple issue that comes up once or twice a week: Should I call in sick? Fill in the variables honestly, such as D for doctors note (enter 1 for no, 10 for yes, and 5 for yes, but its a forgery), R for importance of job(1-10, with 10 being personally responsible for Earths orbit around Sun), Fj for how much fun you have at work (1-10, with 10 being personal trainer for underwear models), N for how much you need the money (1-10, with 10 being I owe the mob), then do the math, and voilàif the product, Hooky, is greater than 1, enjoy your very own Ferris Buellers Day Off.
Includes a pocket calculator so that prospective geeks can immediately solve the equation on the back cover: Should I buy this book?
" Geek Logik is a hoot!" -- Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times
Sure, most of the attributes and factors are will be given subjective values - in order to put them in the equations - BUT, if you THINK about the attributes/factors as they relate to the question it should certainly help in making a decision, whether you like the formula or not.
An example (incomplete, see p. 42): The question, "Whose family should you visit over the holidays?" A question most families have to deal with from time to time.
Ty - How long since you've seen your family
Th - How long since you've seen her family
Fy - How much do the two of you like your family
Fh - How much do the two of you like her family
Ly - How much does your family like her
Lh - How much does her family like you
Day and Dh - How disturbed are family holidays
My and Mh - How many miles away do they live
R - How many days off do you have
To me, these are ALL good attributes/factors to consider, whether you like the equation or not. But in several of the equations I found that they are quite reasonable about how the attributes/factors are used. And the result is reasonable.
Not a text for college, but it is a fun book, just to make you Think. I have purchased several copies which I have given to friends.
If you are hoping to find some practical, actually usable equations/graphs based on some scientific studies of some sort, this is not the book for you. The ones presented in the book are essentially whacky, humorous, "overly complex" equations with 6-8 or more variables, with the majority of the variables are actually just subjective rating values on a scale of 1-10. The author even lightly suggested, "you can adjust the equations by adding more variables to suit your needs."
So I spent around 15 minutes skimming over some of equations (especially those dealing with less clichéd topics, yay I can still wear speedos) and read some of descriptions and quickly put it to rest.
On the other hand, this book makes a great gift for fellow geeks, I suppose.
Instead it was a one note joke that soon fell flat as the "Fool Proof" Equations require you to come up with arbitrary values like how attractive you think you are on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being Brad Pitt. I guess my biggest problem is that having seen the author on TV explaining "priming" and other cognitive quirks this book was a big disappointment.
Kudos to Amazon Customer Service for a sterling job of handling my return.
This book is so clever, and so humorous, while actually having mathematical relevance to everyday situations. I bought this to help my high school-er get his head around algebra, and the reason why its helpful is that it takes variables that make sense and are relatable and plugs them into equations to achieve a result that actually means something to the reader. It all uses the basic premise of PEMDAS (remember: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally?) and goes from there. Very easy to follow and will provide a good chuckle, even if you aren't as math geeky as me :-)