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American Society of Appraisers
555 Herdon Parkway, Suite 125
Herdon, VA 20170
(703) 478-2228
Web site: http://www.appraisers.org
This is the association for people who set values for antiques, jewelry, real estate, and other tangible assets. The site offers resources for learning about the business of appraising.

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International
209 Prairie Avenue, Suite 100
Morgantown, WV 26501
(800) 858-COST (2678)
Web site: http://www.aacei.org
The professional organization for cost estimators. Check out the Web site for membership information, educational information, links, articles, industry news, and much more.

Professional Construction Estimators Association of
America (PCEA)

P.O. Box 680336
Charlotte, NC 28216
(704) 987-9978
e-mail: pcea@pcea.org
Web site: http://www.pcea.org
This professional organization promotes the continuing education of construction professionals and craftspeople, working to create standards among the industry.

Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA)
101 S. Whiting Street, Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 751-8069
e-mail: scea@erols.com
Web site: http://www.erols.com/scea
According to its Web site, SCEA is a “non-profit organization dedicated to improving cost estimating and analysis in government and industry and enhancing the professional competence and achievements of its members.”

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
(215) 382-9800
Web site: http://www.siam.org
This organization is made up of professionals who “use mathematics to solve real-world problems,” through engineering and the computer sciences. The site has information about careers in math-related fields, although most of them require advanced degrees.


This is an extensive Web directory maintained by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It is a good place to start.


Devlin, Keith. Life by the Numbers. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1998.
This is the companion book to the PBS series of the same name; a fun book.

Huff, Darrell. How to Figure It. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.
A self-help math book that teaches the basics of cost estimating for vacations, car maintenance, and other necessities of life.

Paulos, John. Beyond Numeracy. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.
This chatty book discusses whatever fascinates the author, a mathematician, about numbers, formulas, and the use of mathematics. His enthusiasm is contagious. Paulos has also written Mathematics and Humor.

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