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    *Quick thing: this was a 500 word Maths book review task/challenge/competition thing I had to do in college that I just edited a bit so sorry if it sounds like it is trying to win a contest

    By Rob Eastaway

    Growing in popularity, Rob Eastaway has already written several bestselling maths books. How Many Socks Make A Pair is another book that Rob manages to reveal how mathematics furtively parades its profound splendours in even the most humdrum of humdrum quotidian objects we see daily.Therefore, this being the twelfth book he authored should make it no surprise how good it is. However, the question to be asked is: how good is it?

    Reviewing a maths book, we have to consider many factors. Firstly, we must see if everyone can like it. Fortunately, even an innumerate child can literally learn from and honestly enjoy. In fact, although page skipping, skim reading and extreme reluctance are all initially expected, everyone who begins fraught with pronounced abhorrence towards all kinds of maths could end up interested or at least more appreciative for the subject. Reason being, the author displays his awareness of such people by explicitly stating how those who dislike or struggle with maths should read the book, which is to skip flummoxing parts that are too jejune and ponderous. Thus, as expected, whilst Mr Eastaway caters for the more erudite bookworms and those filled with a zealous fascination for mathematics, he also provides understandable everyday examples so simple that anyone can comprehend as well as so casual that it can be used in chat to impress a family member, teacher, friend or anyone for that matter. On the other hand, there is a point of animadversion as this does mean that some people will have less of a book to read than others do but this is a given for any academic or factual piece of writing so this is not a serious issue at all.

    Eastaway has also succeeded in creating a book that is both educational and engaging too; a lot of the content is confirmable and insistently interactive but not by attempting a myriad of innumerable questions as you may be inured to. Rather, the writer has his reader do more than just read what he wrote. He lets you test, affirm and learn. You would become a ‘human calculator’ in minutes, flipping normal coins to your advantage‘fairly’ and be performing ‘impossible’ magic tricks as a mathemagician. Plus, without sounding like this is an encomium, everyone would loves magic.

    Additionally, we have to consider that this is still a piece of writing. So, as an actual book about actual maths, it is actually sound. In terms of the writing style, it is fluent, smooth and likeable with its conversational comedic approach and it is a bonus that the proportions of puzzles to diagrams to writing are just perfect. Moreover, it is a nice change for some that Eastaway does not force anyone to have a dictionary by your side constantly. Furthermore, the spread of topics itself is very multifarious. Nonetheless, it is not a complete guarantee that you will be invariably stupefied; some of the matters being antediluvian make sections banal.

    To conclude, despite a few drawbacks, How Many Socks Make A Pair is worthy of panegyric for it does bring the Ah, Aha! and Haha of mathematics, as assured and can be recommended to anyone regardless of age, curiosity and ardour or lack thereof.
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