When Jeremy and Sam's school district decides to eliminate mathematics from the curriculum, most of the students and teachers are thrilled. However, Sam is devastated and takes on the Director of Education. The debate highlights Sam's knowledge of the use of mathematics in the design of buildings and bicycles, in tessellations and other art forms, in animation, in music, in patterns in nature (Fibonacci numbers), magic, etc. Interspersed with the story line are one-page biographies of Pythagoras, Archimedes, Hypatia of Alexandria, Sophie Germain, Charles Ludwig Dodgson, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and Andrew Wiles. Sidebars with Jeremy's thoughts on chaos theory, cash prizes for new prime numbers, laws of probability, and palindrome numbers add to the information. Full-color cartoons, diagrams, and photos appear throughout. Classroom teachers could use this book to introduce new concepts and relate them to everyday objects to help students understand their significance. It would supplement math sections in school and public libraries.
Ann JoslinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The Great Number Rumble: A Story of Math in Surprising Placesby Cora Lee, Gillian O'Reilly, Viriginia Gray
An illustrated exploration of math and math concepts used in everyday life, including sports, bicycles and nature. This introduction to all types of arithmetic uses sidebars to explore chaos theory, new prime numbers, bios of mathematicians.
- Annick Press, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 11 Years
Meet the Author
Cora Lee is a scientific writer for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and also coordinates the Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science. She lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Gillian O’Reilly is a writer and editor from Toronto, ON. She and Cora Lee also co-authored The Great Motion Mission: A Surprising Story of Physics in Everyday Life. She lives in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Artist Lil Crump brings the pages to life with her lively cartoons, while photographs illustrate key concepts. The dynamic layout invites even math-phobic readers to dive in. She lives in Canada.
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