Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive

Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive

by Theoni Pappas
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Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive by Theoni Pappas

Most people don’t think about numbers, or take them for granted. For the average person numbers are looked upon as cold, clinical, inanimate objects. Math ideas are viewed as something to get a job done or a problem solved. Get ready for a big surprise with Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive. Pappas explores mathematical ideas by looking behind the scenes of what numbers, points, lines, and other concepts are saying and thinking. In each story, properties and characteristics of math ideas are entertainingly uncovered and explained through the dialogues and actions of its math characters. In fact, you forget that you are actually learning mathematics as you get caught up in the characters’ private lives, secrets and how they interact with one another. You may even forget that these math actors come from the imaginary worlds of mathematics. They seem so real! This is the crux of Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive — number and math ideas tell their own stories in their own words. As you read these stories you will be amazed at how math ideas come to life and develop their own personalities. We learn about their foibles and strengths, and see why mathematicians had to develop new concepts when the old ones were not sufficient for the problems at hand. You’ll see how mathematics is constantly evolving. How new numbers appeared, and old ones were reticent to accept the newcomers. How certain math ideas lay hidden for centuries, until they were resurrected or discovered by a mathematician. Love, hate, jealousy, excitement—all emotions we associate with human behavior are taken on by these math characters. You will come away learning how indispensable these math ideas and their roles are in our world today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884550638
Publisher: Wide World Publishing
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Theoni Pappas is passionate about mathematics. A native Californian, Pappas received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 and her M.A. from Stanford University in 1967. She taught high school and college mathematics for nearly two decades, then turned to writing a remarkable series of innovative books which reflect her commitment to demystifying mathematics and making the subject more approachable. Through her pithy, non-threatening and easily comprehensible style, she breaks down mathematical prejudices and barriers to help one realize that mathematics is a dynamic world of fascinating ideas that can be easily accessible to the layperson.

Her various math calendars and over 15 math books appeal to both young and adult audiences and intrigue the “I hate math people” as well as math enthusiasts. Three of her books have been Book-of-the Month Club™ selections, and her Joy of Mathematics was selected as a Pick of the Paperbacks. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Finnish, French, Slovakian, Czech, Korean, Turkish, Russian, Thai, simplified and traditional Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

In 2000 Pappas received the Excellence in Achievement Award from the University of California Alumni Association. In addition to mathematics Pappas enjoys the outdoors, especially the seashore where she has a home. There she bicycles, hikes and swims. Her other interests include watercolor painting, photography, music, cooking and gardening.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter 15 marys POV- i woke up as hpmy alarm went off. It was sunday. It was time for church. I got up and slumped over to my closet. I found a nice green blouse and black pants. I slipped them on. I walked downstairs and ate a banna. I then walked over to my shoes. I picked up my fancy boot heels and put them on. I got in my dads truck since church was to far away. I then drove to church. I sat down and looked around. A few pews back I saw Jason. He was sitting with emmet. They wore nice shirts with ties. I then turned to the pastor as he began the service. After church we all went to the great hall to have coffee and chat. I sat down and sipped my coffe. Then Jill came over. "He mary" she greeted. "What are you doing here?" I asked surprised. "Ive always gone to this church" she answered. "Then how come you wernt in any pews?" I asked. "Because im on the church board" she replied. Wow. I thought. "Please sit down" i offered. She then took a seat next to me. We talked and talked. It was then time to go. I got in my dads truck and drove off. I took it to the grocery store and bought food. I drove home abd stocked out cabinets. I then walked down into the basement. I had one secret. I was an amazing artist. I painted master pieces. So I walked downstairs and began to paint in my little studio. I painted out a lightning storm on my wide canvis. The clouds were dark,gray, gloomy, and angry. The lightning was thin, curved, and imtidetating. It was perfect. I went upstairs to my room. I got in my pjs and ploped into bed. I fell slowly asleep. I woke up the next day. Monday. I went down stairs and found my dad had left for work already. I ate breakfast then ran upstairs. I opened my closet. I pulled out a turquiose tee shirt and gray jeans. I got dressed and went down stairs. I put on my new boots and grabbed my bag. I hopedbon my bike and peddled to school.