History of Mathematics
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History of Mathematics
Does anyone read biographies of mathematicians with your under 12 age children?
I found lots of books at the library, however, I think this one is exceptional, in that the stories really come alive. The book is :
Exploring The World Of Mathematics
By: John Hudson Tiner
Does anyone have any other books to recommend? Please share.
For some of us, a whole new world of beauty and wonder is opened up when we read about topics that mathematicians discovered. It helps us understand our world better. What place does this kind of math have in your learning experiences?
I found lots of books at the library, however, I think this one is exceptional, in that the stories really come alive. The book is :
Exploring The World Of Mathematics
By: John Hudson Tiner
Does anyone have any other books to recommend? Please share.
For some of us, a whole new world of beauty and wonder is opened up when we read about topics that mathematicians discovered. It helps us understand our world better. What place does this kind of math have in your learning experiences?
Hi Theodore,
I checked, online, and the library in our district has this book. I am going to interlibrary loan it. I also saw that the author, Jean Lee Latham, has written many biographies. So, I am pretty excited. I'm sure my daughter will read this one first, since it won an award. Anyway, thanks for telling me your favorite.
Let me know if you think of any others.
Have you read, The Phantom Tollbooth?
I had never heard of it.
I think I, personally, have a lot of reading to do, to catch up on some good books that I missed growing up.
I checked, online, and the library in our district has this book. I am going to interlibrary loan it. I also saw that the author, Jean Lee Latham, has written many biographies. So, I am pretty excited. I'm sure my daughter will read this one first, since it won an award. Anyway, thanks for telling me your favorite.
Let me know if you think of any others.
Have you read, The Phantom Tollbooth?
I had never heard of it.
I think I, personally, have a lot of reading to do, to catch up on some good books that I missed growing up.
Did you know that Lewis Caroll (actually that's his penname, as I'm sure you already knowI forgot his real name) was a mathematician?
Have you read any good nonfiction, nontext book math books?
Have you heard of Theoni Pappas? Check out her books and you'll find some writings about Lewis Carroll and much more.....
One more thing I just found, only I have a slight problem with it....,
is Edhelper.com has a new study unit on the history of mathematics. They only let you read the first part of each story, however, they give them catchy titles to get your attention. At least it's a place to start, if you don't want to get a lot of books, and want your child (and/or yourself) to read and be introduced to the history of math which is sadly overlooked a lot, and not considered important by some.
I also saw a timeline there which is available to members only. I think I could make one myself. I just need to plan all this out. I see this "project coming together.
Thanks for your input.
Have you read any good nonfiction, nontext book math books?
Have you heard of Theoni Pappas? Check out her books and you'll find some writings about Lewis Carroll and much more.....
One more thing I just found, only I have a slight problem with it....,
is Edhelper.com has a new study unit on the history of mathematics. They only let you read the first part of each story, however, they give them catchy titles to get your attention. At least it's a place to start, if you don't want to get a lot of books, and want your child (and/or yourself) to read and be introduced to the history of math which is sadly overlooked a lot, and not considered important by some.
I also saw a timeline there which is available to members only. I think I could make one myself. I just need to plan all this out. I see this "project coming together.
Thanks for your input.
another good math book
My brother and I really got a lot out of the book "Mathematics" from the TimeLife Science Library. I've met several other mathtypes who've said  like me  that the reason they went into math was because of this book. Probably most libraries have it, as part of the TL Science Library set. It has interesting chapter text of 812 pages, followed by a section of photographs and comments on a theme, with 89 chapters total. My mom bought the whole library for us, and one thing that was nice was just having these books available to peruse and read and page through.
By the way, the OTHER book that drew me into math was  of all things  ..... a comic book: "Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land." There is a video of the same name, which is good, but like most movies made from books, the book was far better  even if it was a comic book. I remember reading this comic book dozens and dozens of times, and as a 3rd4th grader, I remember trying to figure out the ricegrainsonthechessboard problem, starting with 1 grain on the first square, the 2 on the second square, then doubling again to 4 on the third square, then 8 on the fourth square, then 16 on the fifth square, etc.  up through the 64th square. I was well into some 5digit or 6digit numbers  always just multiplying the previous number by 2 BY HAND  before I gave up, but I learned some valuable things about the magnitudes of numbers and what I later learned were exponents and specifically powers of 2.
Happy reading!
Bob Hazen
By the way, the OTHER book that drew me into math was  of all things  ..... a comic book: "Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land." There is a video of the same name, which is good, but like most movies made from books, the book was far better  even if it was a comic book. I remember reading this comic book dozens and dozens of times, and as a 3rd4th grader, I remember trying to figure out the ricegrainsonthechessboard problem, starting with 1 grain on the first square, the 2 on the second square, then doubling again to 4 on the third square, then 8 on the fourth square, then 16 on the fifth square, etc.  up through the 64th square. I was well into some 5digit or 6digit numbers  always just multiplying the previous number by 2 BY HAND  before I gave up, but I learned some valuable things about the magnitudes of numbers and what I later learned were exponents and specifically powers of 2.
Happy reading!
Bob Hazen
Math and Science Programs for Girls (link on National Education Association)
http://www.nea.org/webresources/mathsci ... links.html
Black Women in Mathematics
http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/wmad0.html
Math Doesn't Suck
http://www.wired.com/culture/education/ ... ecooper_QA
Women of Nasa
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/intro.html
The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
http://wwwgroups.dcs.stand.ac.uk/~history/
Biographies of Women Mathematicions
http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm
Math History Theme Page
http://www.cln.org/themes/math_history.html
Virtually Yours in Math: Famous Mathematicians (written by students)
http://www.ncsu.edu/midlink/vy/vymath.htm
http://www.nea.org/webresources/mathsci ... links.html
Black Women in Mathematics
http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/wmad0.html
Math Doesn't Suck
http://www.wired.com/culture/education/ ... ecooper_QA
Women of Nasa
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/intro.html
The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
http://wwwgroups.dcs.stand.ac.uk/~history/
Biographies of Women Mathematicions
http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm
Math History Theme Page
http://www.cln.org/themes/math_history.html
Virtually Yours in Math: Famous Mathematicians (written by students)
http://www.ncsu.edu/midlink/vy/vymath.htm

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Hey you,
I have that book by Eves .
I used it in college and kept it.
Now my 10 yr old son has it in his collection of math books. I use it once in awhile for reference. I'm not sure when he will start doing math problems from it, however, he is reading books from the adult section at the library now.
It has a very good time line on the cover, too.
Thanks for the input.
I have that book by Eves .
I used it in college and kept it.
Now my 10 yr old son has it in his collection of math books. I use it once in awhile for reference. I'm not sure when he will start doing math problems from it, however, he is reading books from the adult section at the library now.
It has a very good time line on the cover, too.
Thanks for the input.
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