He explains calculations effectively and includes detailed glossaries throughout the book. It is a practical manual for carpenters and other trade professionals to have on their book shelves. It is a great book to give to a young person enrolled in either high school or college carpentry programs or to share with your local building trades instructor. Mathematics instructors would do well to give it a read too because it may help them engage young people in their classrooms who are interested in construction. It is a good reference book to have in your office if you struggled with math and work in construction trades, the building supply industry or are a design professional.
The book could be improved with some photographs illustrating some of the math applications and we would encourage the author to think about adding some in subsequent printings of the book. We would encourage Mr. Williams to add more text about the value of these calculations. We bet he has some great stories to share about how he and others learned the importance of some of the mathematical concepts. Having said this, we believe the first edition of this book is valuable to read, share and use and we applaud his efforts to help young people master construction math.
Reviewed by Judy L. Hayward, education director, Traditional Building Conference Series, Restore Media, LLC and executive director Preservation Education Institute, Historic Windsor, Inc., Windsor, Vermont. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org