Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices
Math Talk Presents mathematical ideas through poetic dialogues intended to be read by two people. Full description
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 25th 1993 by Wide World Publishing, Tetra
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Jan 15, 2010 Claire rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who can get someone to stand next to them and read these out loud
This book is a performance piece. Poems in two voices. Love it. When we hit it right the performances gives us chills. I highly recommend getting a couple of copies and giving these poems a try. Wonderful language, wonderful math!
Math Talk is a short book -- less than 70 pages, but I suspect is packed full of great potential conversations, writing, and thinking for anyone interested in math concepts. I am definitely not an expert in math, but I know enough about circles and spheres and integers to be intrigued with these poems. Because it is poetry, there are no long explanations, but lots of word-play--words that give the reader a peak into these foundational math concepts. It sent me to the dictionary and to the Intern...more
I can't speak for the accuracy of the math concepts in this book, but I love mixing math and literacy. These poems are well written and interactive since they are in two voices. The could provide a whole different look at mathematical concepts for students who are stronger in English and art. I know that if I had access to math poems as a kid, I might have developed a more favorable attitude toward math.
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