Friends With Money #32: Being good at maths and money aren't the same thing

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Maths whiz, raconteur, tv personality and author Adam Spencer has just released a new book, Maths 101, to support primary school students and help their parents understand the maths that is required in schools today.

The idea for this book came from a friend who'd locked himself in the bathroom and called Adam after his seven-year-old son asked him why 1 wasn't a prime number.

Joining us on the Friends With Money podcast, Spencer tells us that it's not the maths that has changed over the years, it's just the approach.

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However, he admits that being good at maths doesn't mean you're good with money.

He also discusses:

  • Why different people approach a maths problem differently
  • How practice makes perfect and why Adam loved maths throughout his school years
  • His guilty pleasure was chess books, it's now splurging on his partner.

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Julia Newbould was editor-at-large and later managing editor of Money from November 2019 to February 2022. She was previously editor of Financial Planning and Super Review magazines; managing editor at InvestorInfo and at Morningstar Australia. Julia co-authored The Joy of Money, a book on women and personal finance. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney where she serves on the alumni council.

Australian comedian, media personality and former radio presenter. He is a patron of science-related events and programs, including the University of Sydney's Sleek Geeks Science Prize. He hosts events and panels, writes mathematical recreation books, and performs his own comedy at events around the country. Adam has an Honours Degree (First Class) in Pure Mathematics University do Sydney 1992, Honorary Doctorate for services to public understanding of science Edith Cowan 2017
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February 2, 2022 5.16pm

Boy ! What wouldn't I have given to have Maths 101 when I was in school and then later when I had my family.