Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Jose Paul Moretto
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc
“By implementing the Proof by 9 System™, you will be able to easily adapt the second system, which is the MaXima System™. This system will allow you to check all your multiplication and division solutions in a quick, easy and fun way!” Jose Paul Moretto explains in his book, Fear No Numbers – How to Multiply or Divide & Always Get It Right.
At fifty-two pages, this oversize paperback book is targeted toward students, especially pre-teens and older who are looking for a new, creative way to do math problems or are afraid of working with numbers and need encouragement. With no workbook or problem solving questions or quizzes for the reader to complete, the book gives several simple to complex math examples with thorough mathematical explanations.
After a preface and introduction that mentions well-known mathematicians such as Pierre de Fermat, Frenicle de Bessey, Isaac Newton and Pythagoras, Moretto states numbers never lie and a balanced world is dependent on the principles of math.
His system is two-fold: the Proof by 9 System™ has the student ignoring all nines or composites of nine, leaving single whole numbers to obtain the correct answer. The MaXima System™ checks multiplication and division solutions by using an X as a standard template.
With many examples of Xs with numbers inside each quadrant correlating to complicated math processes, the reader must often concentrate on what Moretto is trying to explain, including how nine morphs into zero by adding digits together and then ignoring the number nine in every instance. This concept also works when doing down and up methods of division.
While often mentioning Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich, and Leonhardo Euler’s concept of amicable pairs in numbers earlier in the book, the last three and a half pages are his autobiography including education, experience, and how his grandmother installed the love of numbers as well as lists his four patents.
Although this truly is not in textbook format which would be more helpful to the reader, it does show the validity of the number nine and how it reacts in mathematics with other numbers. Similar to balancing a checkbook with a difference of nine showing an error in juxtaposition of numbers, this system using the number nine ideally works with various math strategies. If one takes the time to dissect and digest Moretto’s explanations, he or she can glean a new way to multiply and divide accurately.
This book was furnished by the author for review purposes.
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