Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Dr Noel Kalicharan, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computing and Information Technology, teaches students an easier way to do math in his book, "DigitalMath - Math In Your Hands."
This book is now available at the UWI Book Shop at $156 per copy.
About the book (from the back cover)
Can you add the numbers: 4, 9, 5, 8, 3, 7, 9 as fast as they are called? Can you multiply 48 x 8 or 89 x 7 quickly? If yes, congratulations—you belong to a very small minority. If no, you are like most people, not having acquired this skill even after years or decades of schooling. But there's hope. Using a revolutionary concept he calls DigitalMath, Dr. Noel Kalicharan—mathematician and computer scientist—will teach you these skills in just a few hours. Whatever your age, you can learn but small children may take a little more time. All you need are ten fingers and the desire to learn.
DigitalMath is an ingenious way to do arithmetic with your hands. It is a refinement of traditional Fingermath. Have you always believed that you could count to just 10 on your fingers? With DigitalMath, you can count to 99 and beyond. With this technique, you can do arithmetic with speed and confidence, fully assured that your answers are correct.
DigitalMath is easy, fun and exciting. It empowers children and adults to perform arithmetic calculations with amazing speed, even faster than someone with a calculator. Numbers play a big part in our everyday lives and those who are 'good with numbers' are normally regarded as 'more intelligent' than those who aren't. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. DigitalMath gives you a unique opportunity to become good with numbers. With it, you can have the world in your hands. Mickey Mouse: "Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes." With DigitalMath, you can count up to 99 and beyond, without taking off your shoes. Eric Hoffer: "The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." For everything else, there's DigitalMath.