Maths, Economics & Business

Most Probably Bare Minimum Requirements

  • Read Margin by Richard Swenson (financial freedom chapter)
  • Keep a finance record
  • Great Economic Thinkers Boxed Set by Robert Hebert
  • Formal mathematics courses/readings – choose from the following
    Challenge Math by Edward Zaccaro
    All The Math You’ll Ever Need
    by Steve Slavin
    The Magic of Mathematics by Theoni Pappas
    The Joy of Mathematics
    by Theoni Pappas
    More Joy of Mathematics by Theoni Pappas
    Math-a-day by Theoni Pappas
    fractals googols and other mathematical tales by Theoni Pappas
    The Adventures of Penrose the mathematical cat by Theoni Pappas
    The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan
    A Human Endeavour
    by Harold R. Jacobs
    Elementary Algebra by Harold R. Jacobs
    Geometry by Harold R. Jacobs
    Algebra and Trigonometry by Paul A. Foerster
    Precalculus by Paul A. Foerster
    Calculus by John Saxon OR Paul A. Foerster
    The Lady Tasting Tea by David Salsburg (statistics)
    Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Larry Gonick
    The 10 Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (But Are Rarely Taught) by Edward Zaccaro
    Thinking Mathematically by John Mason

    A suggested line of study:
    early: Calculus by and for young people
    9th grade/14 or 15 years: Jacobs algebra
    10th grade/15 or 16 years: Jacobs geometry (+ Statistics)
    11th grade/16 or 17 years: Foersters Algebra II/Trig (not trig part) + Precalculus
    12th grade/17 or 18 years: Saxon Calculus (+ Thinking Mathematically) OR Calculus, Early Transcendentals 5th edition, by James Stewart if REALLY serious

Other Possibilities:

  • Read Minding Your Own Business by Raymond Moore
  • Read Cashflow Quandrant by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Run (or help out with) home business
  • See list of Living Maths books (link forthcoming)
    A Little Book of Coincidence by John Martineau
    Li: Dynamic Form in Nature by David Wade
    Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music by Anthony Ashton
    Platonic & Archimedean Solids by Daud Sutton
    Sacred Geometry by Miranda Lundy
    Stonehenge by Robin Heath
    Sun, Moon, & Earth by Robin Heath
    Mathematicians Are People Too by Luetta Reimer
    Mathematics by Keith Devlin
  • SERIOUS READS: yet to come…Euclid, Smith, Marx, Keynes for a start
  • Do a Living Expenses Comparison Study (see below)
  • Attend conferences
  • Interview business owners
  • Interview people about their employment (see below)


Living Expenses Comparison Study

Find least expensive, mid-range and expensive options for the following categories:

  • rent/mortgage
  • food
  • car insurance
  • life insurance
  • medical/health insurance
  • eye care
  • dental care
  • utilities/electricity
  • water/sewerage/rubbish collection
  • phone
  • gas
  • home maintenance/improvement
  • car payment
  • vehicle maintenance
  • clothes
  • toiletreis
  • gifts/cards
  • education/books
  • newspaper/magazine subscriptions
  • entertainment
  • tv
  • credit cards

Employment Interview Sheet

  • Business:
  • Address:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • Name of interviewee:
  • Title:
  • Skills/talents needed for this job:
  • Character qualities needed:
  • Type of personality best suited to this job:
  • Education/training required:
  • How long it takes:
  • Helpful training or experience:
  • The most enjoyable aspects of the job:
  • The most frustrating:
  • The most difficult thing is:
  • What are the hours/days?
  • Are you self-employed, employed by a “boss” or corporation or business?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement?
  • Usual starting pay:
  • Maximum pay:
  • Benefits:
  • Holidays:
  • What are your responsibilities?
  • What is a typical day like?
  • Do you have people under you? Over you?
  • Did you have any set-up costs? If so, what?
  • What is your advice to somoene considering this job?


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