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This book was originally published in the UK as Murderous Maths by Scholastic Ltd 1997. |

*Suitable for ages 8 upwards*

This is the book that started the whole Murderous Maths series.

It contains a wide mixture of mathematical curiosities including symmetry,
powers, time, and ..... it shows you some neat calculator tricks
and a card trick that works all thanks to algebra! It even introduces you to some
*real* murderous mathematicians.

*Don't forget to click the EXTRA
links for more details that we didn't have room for in the books!*

We meet the gangsters (Blade Boccelli, the Weasel, Chainsaw Charlie and co) fighting over a simple restaurant bill- and that shows why even the simplest maths can be murderous! There's also a maths experiment to get you into hot water!

A quick look at how the signs work, what powers are, and How to Scare a Scientist.

You are given some tiles and have to completely cover a lethal patch of fungus or else....

Why Roman sums were murderous and why the modern "ten" system relies on the Invention of Nothing!

Find out why Murderous Maths fans think calculators are for wimps, learn 5 things to do with a dead calculator and watch out for Urgum the Axeman!

Find out why you might end up with a traffic cone on your nose.

How time got started, why a sundial is the only clock you can really rely on and the case of Sheerluck Homes and the Duchess's diamonds.

...and how not to shoot yourself with a cannon.

Druid Priests, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Thales... you'd never believe what some of these people were really like. They really put the "murderous" into maths!

How to make your own squares of numbers. This chapter explains the amazing
4x4 magic squares including the unbelievable upside
down one.

EXTRA - How to make bigger Magic Squares - and the amazing "Knight's Square"

Short Cuts

Handy tips for multiplying or knowing when numbers will divide.

EXTRA - will a number divide by 11? Or by 7 or by 13?

All you need is a normal pack of cards, and with no great skill or preparation you'll astonish everyone! The amazing thing is that it all works thanks to ALGEBRA.

Reflective and rotational symmetry explained - which is just as well because you'll need it when Professor Fiendish locks you in his diabolical trap!

There's the ongoing story of Thag, Colonel Cancel and the Valiant Vector Warriors who have to tackle everything from measuring the height of a castle tower to solving prime number code!

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