101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math
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Do you excel in math? Struggle with it? If the answer is Yes, this book is for you! These math questions show you that math is everywhere—and knowing how to tackle it is useful… and fun. With entertaining connections to popular culture, sports, hobbies, science and careers, the challenges are intriguing and insightful (plus you don’t need a calculator or paper to solve them). Open this book and discover the fascinating world of math!Math is a critical part of our everyday lives; we use it dozens of times daily. and wish we understood it better. The second title in the 101 Things Everyone Should Know series, this book makes understanding math easy and fun! Using an appealing question and answer format, this book is perfect for kids, grown-ups and anyone interested in the difference between an Olympic event score of 9.0 and Richter scale score of 9.0.


Kevin Segal has a Bachelor’s in Pure Mathematics and a Master’s in Applied Mathematics, both from California State University, Fullerton. He also completed four years of post-graduate studies in Applied Mathematics at UCLA. An Associate of the Society of Actuaries, he now works as a “charismatic number cruncher.” He lives in Chatsworth, California with his wife, daughter, and son. He can be reached at [email protected]

Marc Zev is an engineer who has published in the fields of Structural Mechanics and Information Technology. He is founder and president if the Foundation of Innovative Learning, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the problem-solving abilities of children and adults. He also owns Pensive Products, which creates educational tools, such as Math Flaps, a manipulative specifically designed to teach division. He lives in Chatsworth, California with his wife, two sons, four finches and dog. He can be reached at [email protected]

Nathan Levy is a prolific writer. Come of his works include Stories with Holes, Whose Clues and 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science. A gifted educator, Nathan worked Directly with Children, teachers, and parents in his 35 years as a teacher and principal. He has mentored more than 30 principals and superintendents and trained thousands of teachers in strategies that encourage the love of learning. A resident of Highstown, New Jersey, he leads workshops for educators and parents. He can be reached at [email protected]


"This book is a great supplement, both for math loving kids and kids who struggle to connect math to real world situations, in mid-elementary through middle school grades. It uses a Q&A format to connect math to sports, science, hobbies, careers, and pop culture through trivia, challenges, and a bit of math history. We have had a lot of fun in my house using this book to create game show style math trivia nights.
—Kat Hutcheson, Homeschooling Mom and Director of Sales and Marketing for SEA Homeschoolers, April 2018

“How exciting to find a book that contains practical, everyday problems where math is used. ‘When am I ever going to use this?’ is a question that causes teachers to cringe. This book provides an answer in a very fun way. As I was perusing the contents, I could see where this book could be used during trips to occupy the time of curious adolescents. What a great substitute for video games. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in expanding his or her knowledge of mathematics. How cool to add math history tidbits throughout the book!”
—Rebecca J. Kessler, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

"This book is a fun, light read to help students become better problem solvers. Using authentic and interesting applications, written in simple and understandable language, it provides solid connections between mathematics and the real world. A valuable resource for teachers, parents, and students. These mysteries are ideal for short class activities."
—Henry Neale, National Science Teachers Association

"Living a life without math would prove highly difficult. Designed to help kids understand that math is something everyone can--and will—use, this book is a compendium of diverse fun science facts suitable for inquiring minds from 8-80. It belongs in any children’s trivia or mathematics collection.”
—James A. Cox, The Mathematics Shelf, Small Press Bookwatch

"These books are some of the most engaging nonfiction books I have ever read! They correlate so well with our science curriculum and the Common Core State Standards. The reason we love them is because they have real-world applications. With Mississippi adopting the new Common Core State Standards, using nonfiction texts is very important. Science, Naturally!’s books are an excellent asset to our teachers' resource libraries!"
—Sonya Smith, Science Field Coordinator, ATOMS2XP (Advancing Teachers of Middle School Science) and IMPACT2 (In-depth Mathematical Practices and Content Teacher Training), Mississippi State, MS

“One of the hardest things to teach middle school kids is how math concepts relate to real life. Many students are convinced that they will never need to use formulas and theorems in day-to-day activities. 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math gives sound and practical examples of how knowing math really does help you solve real world problems. Whether you excel in math or struggle with it, there’s something in this book for you!”
—James Singagliese, Principal, Holy Family School, Florham Park, New Jersey

“Being comfortable with math makes everyone smarter consumers and more rational decision makers. Most people don’t realize how much math is used in making everyday choices. 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math!, which is complete with real-life scenarios, shows kids that math is everywhere. This is a wonderful book for making complex topics approachable and helping readers discover the fascinating world of math!”
—Rachel Connelly, Ph.D., Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

“101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math truly illustrates the scope and importance of learning and understanding mathematics. It is a fabulous resource for kids, parents and teachers looking for a way to link mathematics to everyday life. With entertaining connections to popular culture, sports, hobbies, science and careers, kids of all ages will find this book engaging…and challenging!”
—Carole Basile, Ed.D., University of Colorado, Denver, and Co-Director, Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership

“101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math! is great for practice and exploration. The puzzles and activities are entertaining and smartly connected to real life. Whether you are an expert or a novice, you’ll find the challenges to be intriguing and insightful!”
—Maria Diamantis, Ed.D., Professor of Mathematics Education, Southern Connecticut State University

“101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math is an extraordinary resource—imaginative and practical, insightful and humorous. Students will not only have fun solving the problems, but they will also find it an invaluable aid with homework. As a former high school math teacher, I love that this book carries mathematics out of the world of the elite and translates it into a language we can all understand.”
—Alvin Mayes, BA Mathematics, Department of Dance (and Math tutor), University of Maryland

“A wonderful collection of facts and trivia that can inspire children of all ages to think about and use math in their lives. The breadth of coverage and easy-to-understand explanations inside this little book can make math a subject of interest and relevance for all.”
—Patrick Farenga, co-author of Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling

“This book is a wonderful secondary resource for all teachers of mathematics. Students need the real-world math skills that the activities in this book reinforce. The challenges are enjoyable, yet they require higher level thinking—children barely realize they are actively learning! 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math is an invaluable tool for students, teachers and parents!”
—Dr. Cheryl Moretz, Principal, Brayton Elementary School, Summit, NJ

“As a homeschooling mom of three boys, I found this book to be an enjoyable family-fun game and an excellent teaching tool! The questions are challenging and great homeschool problems. We loved the fact that the problems are easy enough to do in the car—no need to break out a calculator or pencil and paper! Plus, the included math resources and tables are great knowledge foundations in themselves.”
—Kathy Savage, Homeschool teacher, M.S. Developmental Psychobiology

“101 Things Everyone Should Know about Math is a great source of math facts for children and a quick, fun refresher for adults. The problems are accessible, funny, and informative! It is a particularly useful book for those who've been away from math for a while. Try it with your kids—you just might learn something yourself!”
—Cheryl L. Stadel-Bevans, M.S. Mathematics, Washington DC

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