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If… by David J. Smith

I saw this posted somewhere and thought it would make a good Fun Math book. So, I picked it up from the library. Even though I don’t usually review picture books, I thought this one was interesting enough to be worth a post.

Subtitle: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

Illustrator: Steve Adams

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction math picture book

Length: 40 pages Continue reading

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The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

I’ve seen this book recommended as a good math read aloud by Thomas Jefferson Education homeschoolers. I was intrigued by the thought of a math read aloud and got the book.

Subtitle: A Mathematical Adventure

Published: 1997 in Germany, 1998 in English translation

Genre: 253 pages of story, 262 pages total

Setting: the dreams of a young boy Continue reading

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Hot X by Danica McKellar

I knew McKellar had done a few math books in the style of teen magazines, so when I saw this at the library, I picked it up. Miss Adventure is doing some algebra, so I wondered if it would be a useful addition to our homeschooling library.

Subtitle: Algebra Exposed!

Published: 2010

Genre: mathematics nonfiction

Length: 397 pages of text, 417 pages with index and answer key Continue reading

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Playing With Math edited by Sue VanHattum

Subtitle: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers

Published: 2015

Genre: nonfiction mathematics

Length: 335 pages of text, 372 pages total

Interest: I was poking around the internet looking for some Fun Math activities and found a crowdfunding campaign to produce this book. It sounded perfect for Fun Math, so I put in my money and eventually got the book. Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Botany

Not too many new books this week as we continue our journey through the botanical jungles. I did find an interesting picture book about an 18th century botanist, The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America’s First Naturalist by Deborah Kogan Ray. This book provides information on living in the American colonies in the mid-1700s, as well as early botanical studies in journal format. Billy is eight at the start of the journal and he walks us through his life as a naturalist as he traveled around the American colony.

The other book we used this week was Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers edited by Sue VanHattum. I bought this book to get inspiration for our Fun Math Fridays, and it is full of all kinds of ways to play with math. I will review the whole book one of these days, but so far I love it and I’m finding lots of fun things to do with the kids. This week we did Math Squares (also known as Diffy Boxes and the Ducci 4-number game). The kids enjoyed it and it was mathematically interesting enough my stats professor husband had to do some research on it when he came home.

And that’s all the new books we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized HomeschoolersWeekly-Wrap-Up

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What I Will Be Reading #17

The kids are still working on explorers and we didn’t get any new books this week. So, instead of writing about the books the kids read, I’m going to tell you what books I want to read. Not that my reading list isn’t incredibly long already. I just can’t help adding more books. Continue reading

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Incomplete Proofs by John Chu

Published: 2012 in Bloody Fabulous, a collection of short stories edited by Ekaterina Sedia about fantasy and fashion

Genre: fantasy/science fiction – hard to tell which

Length: 15 pages

Setting: somewhere in an English-speaking country, close to present day

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: The story focuses on two mathematicians. Duncan also has his own fashion house, and he hires Grant to come and model his newest proof. In this world, mathematical proofs are turned into fashion which is created on a runway while doing tumbling passes. Grant is an amazing mathematician/gymnast and he’s able to fix one of Duncan’s proofs on the fly. Duncan wants Grant to come work for him, but Grant’s been burned by Duncan in the past and is leery of joining forces with him again. Duncan eventually convinces Grant to work for him, by offering him tenure and space for his grad students.

Final thoughts: Mathematical proofs done via gymnastics? You can’t write a more fitting story for my family. And then let’s add gymnastics that creates fashion for an added twist. A good proof gets you a published paper and a fashion line. I loved this story. It had all the worry about getting funding or tenure that I recognize from being in academia with a fantastical air of fashion thrown on top. There was even some romantic tension between Grant and Duncan. Grant recognized that Duncan probably wasn’t good for him, but he was attracted both physically and mentally, and then Duncan was able to provide job security as well. It’s a done deal.

Title comes from: Duncan was trying to get Grant to help him work on an unfinished proof that would totally make their mathematical careers.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this was a short story

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