If you were flummoxed by fractions, confused by calculus or sedated by science then 'Who's Afraid of Maths & Science?' might be just the book for you. Written for those who were turned off maths and science at school but who now feel they have missed out, it takes the reader gently through some of the major scientific theories of the twentieth century, including the maths that underpins them. If that sounds scary, don't worry. The section on maths and statistics starts at primary school level, then explains in a step by step manner all those topics you never really mastered at school - negative numbers, fractions, algebra, geometry and even some simple calculus. This is followed by the history of the cosmos, the physics of relativity, quantum mechanics, basic chemistry, evolution, genetics, and chaos theory. Using the simplest algebra you will see why light travels at 300,000 km/sec. Pythagoras will explain why E = mc2. By the end you will understand more maths and science than you ever thought possible, and might even feel that they can be fun.
Dr Ken Burchett is a retired intensive care physician. He left school when just seventeen having taken arts A-levels. After working in a bank for five years he went back to college for a one year science A-level course, then studied medicine at Bristol University. This was followed by specialist anaesthesia and intensive care medicine training in Bristol, Sydney and Cambridge. He now lives in Norfolk. He is married with two grown up children, neither of whom showed any interest in the sciences.