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Here for the geek in all of us are fifty foolproof equations that take the guesswork out of life — and the funniest twist on an idea since Richard Smith' The Dieter's Guide to Weight Loss During Sex. Call it the algebra oracle: By plugging in the right variables, Geek Logik answers life's most persistent questions. It covers Dating and Romance, Career and Finance, and everyday decisions like Should I get a tattoo? Can I still wear tight jeans? Is it time to see a therapist? How many beers should I have at the company picnic?

How does it work? Take a simple issue that comes up once or twice a week: Should I call in sick? Fill in the variables honestly, such as D for doctor's note (enter 1 for "no," 10 for "yes," and 5 for "yes, but it's a forgery"), R for importance of job (1-10, with 10 being "personally responsible for Earth's orbit around Sun"), Fj for how much fun you have at work (1-10, with 10 being "personal trainer for underwear models"), N for how much you need the money (1-10, with 10 being "I owe the mob"), then do the math, and voilà — if the product, Hooky, is greater than 1, enjoy your very own Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Includes a pocket calculator so that prospective geeks can immediately solve the equation on the back cover: Should I buy this book?

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"Geek Logik is a hoot!" Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times

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For the hopelessly indecisive and brainiacs lacking basic social skills, now you can solve life's most vexing problems through mathematics. The opposite sex, office politics, questions about career — even wardrobe. It's all here, plus a calculator to eliminate any margin of error.

About the Author

Garth Sundem is a math geek and freelance writer who lives by the numbers in Bozeman, Montana.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The “true” story of geek researchers and their race for an algebraic cure for social awkwardness.

Remember Algebra? 8

If algebra sounds like a spicy Middle Eastern food, start with this chapter. These simple steps are all you will need to solve the equations of this book—why didnt they tell you it was this easy in junior high?

Dating and Romance 11

Do you have a snowballs chance in hell with her? Should you become a monk? These and other equations provide the guidance every geek needs to survive interactions with the fairer sex.

Career and Finance 47

You could do your job with your eyes closed—its the rules of office culture that might as well be written in Swahili. Should you let the boss win? Should you become intimate with a coworker? Do you dare run for public office? Run the numbers to find out.

Everyday Decisions and Health 81

Sometimes the geek scale of fitness, personal grooming, and mental stability are slightly askew from that of society at large. You may be able to calculate the potential for life on Mars, but what about the probability of life in that macaroni and cheese you exhumed from the back of the fridge? This section helps geeks tie up the loose ends of their lives.

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kwojames, January 9, 2007 (view all comments by kwojames)
Okay, so it is meant to be tounge in cheek. But seriously, aren't there many situations in life where you want an objective opinion of an important life changing decision? ("Should I become a golf pro?") This book is hilarious, and recommended for geeks, who wish the world could be simplified w/ math, and friends of geeks, who know that you should not become a golf pro.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780761140214
Subtitle:
50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life
Author:
Sundem, Garth
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company
Subject:
Algebra
Subject:
Mathematical recreations
Subject:
Logic & Brain Teasers
Subject:
Games-Mental Puzzles
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback - Paper Over Boards
Publication Date:
20061004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
5 x 7 in

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