Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Request From My Daughter

Catherine has eagerly started Key to Algebra and was working away at factoring this morning when she asked me this:

"Do you know what I would really like? I'd like a book like The Story of Science but all about math and that I could read myself."

Um. Yes. That would be really neat. Unfortunately I don't think I've seen a book like the around. Certainly The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way itself is pretty heavy on math history. If anybody has any suggestions of non-fiction books that talk about the history of math, please let me know!


Lynn said...

Do you know about, Mathematicians are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians ?

We have this one; but, there's a second one, too.

Lorraine M. said...

How Math Works

The whole series of How "X" Works is really good. Usually have to buy it used.

Dawn said...

Awesome. You both know how much I love you, right? :D

Lorraine M. said...

Yes, I know :-) There is also
"Go Figure, A totally cool book about numbers"

We really like that one too.

Heather said...

We have the book Everything you need to know about Math homework that has some interesting math info & history - we also have the science one. Good info for an upper elementary/jr. high student.

kitmf said...

It's not written for chilren and it's very fat and intimidating looking - but there is Mathematics From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg.