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Fractals, Googols, and Other Mathematical Tales

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A treasure trove of stories that make mathematical ideas come to life. Explores math concepts and topics such as real numbers, exponents, dimensions, the golden rectangle in both serious and humorous ways. Stories such as the parable of p, the number line that fell apart, Leonhard the magic turtle and many others offer an amusing and entertaining way to explore and share m...more
ebook, 72 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Tetra Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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This was not quite what I expected, but it is a worthy teacher resource for those who are looking to challenge elementary math students. Each section starts with a story (which I would probably summarize rather than read aloud) to explain a math idea and follows that with a few questions or experiments, and then provides lesser known background information about the topics. Some of the topics covered include: Konigsberg Bridge problem, Mobius strips, Fibonacci sequence, pi, using an abacus, and...more
Evelyn Saenz
The beginning of Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Talesreminds me of Flatland A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott. It begins with a 3 dimensional cat landing in a 2 dimensional world but Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Talesquickly goes on to other mathematical subjects. From Mobius Strips to Fibinocci rabbits, tangram cats, and the invention of the decimal point, this is a fun read aloud that will get you thinking about, experimenting with and enjoying math in a fun...more
It has some great stories. A few will be usable in my classroom.

This book claims to be for adults and children, and it makes an attempt. However, I think it presents some stuff that youth wouldn't have in their background (so aimed at adults), but is generally written in a youth friendly way. It seems to fall a little short of both marks.
I bought this book when I was like 6 or 7. I never actually read it until just now, but I did look at the pictures, and try out the math things, especially the möbius strip!

It's a really great book, full of "stories" based on math and physics that are short, fun to read and teach you something new!
If it's a Theoni Pappas book, it must be read. Open for facts about math you may have never known.
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Theoni Pappas is committed to giving mathematics greater exposure and making it more approachable. Pappas encourages mathematics teachers to share and develop new teaching ideas, methods, and approaches. Her gift to the Mathematics Education Trust (MET) helps teachers in grades 9—12 develop mathematics enrichment materials and lessons complementing a teaching unit implemented in the classroom.

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