The Parrot's Theorem
When Mr Ruche, a reclusive Parisian bookseller, receives a letter from a long lost friend in the Amazon bequesting him a vast library of mathematical book, he is propelled into a great exploration of the story of maths, from brilliant Greek thinkers, such as Archimedes and Pythagoras, to the...more
Well, it really was a very informative experience reading this one. I enjoyed reading the history of maths; the author succeeded in making a rather boring topic into such a humorous, interesting piece that can easily be understood. I wish I had read this earlier, probably when I was still in high school. I might be able to appreciate more our math sub ...more
A fictional Sophie's World type of story about three children and a retired bookseller discovering the history of mathematics. There is a rather ridiculous plot involving Fermat's Last Theorem and gangsters who operate between Brazil and Sicily. It possibly reads better in the original French. ...more
A star was removed for the ending. I think the author could have done a better job in the conclusion.
Overall, pleasant book to read, a good introduction to the vast history of math for people who don't know it yet.
The characters are so different and lovable that reading through this history of math compendium is done in the blink of an eye.
Really outstanding topic and the story is just the frame for more and more and more smaller stories.
One of the best books I ever read.
Au point de vue fiction, c'était mauvais, ce qui explique pourquoi j'ai de nombreuses fois hésité à l'abandonner. Toutefois, la partie instructive, c-à-d la partie "histoire des mathématiques" était intéressante.
1) The story isn't written well. It irked from the beginning that the reader isn't told from the beginning that the boy and the old man are in the same household, for example. Or that after G's letter everybody with a half brain can find out who that someone is who knows the theor ...more
This is a rather fun novel, where a parisien Ruche a old book seller with a odd family receive a big old histhoric books library from a friend in Manaos and a strange parrot.Arround this a series of facts happen ,and this all is used as a pretext for to expose several mathematical concepts and develop a histhory of mathematics,from egiptians and babilonians till the ...more
This will definite ...more
High school mathematics is more than enough to follow the mathematical terms and concepts in the book. The story is not sophisticated but there are some twists and mysteries that keep the excitement high. Philosophical discussions about mathematics are also good.
The mathematics of Ancient Greece are discussed in detail however as years increase mathematics get more complicated and only concepts and headlines are ...more
The idea of combining math history with a mystery is excellent. I agree with those who say that "Parrot's theorem" is for maths what "Sophie's world" is for philosophy. Both are books full of references that motivate the reader to search more and expand his/her/its horizons. Also, the descriptions of places in Paris are enjoyable. All in all, I believe that the writer had a nice initial idea but he sacrificed characters' depth and plot building for math history.
To split this book into 2 pieces:
1-History of science starting from ancient greek. 4 points
2-Construction of fiction. 3 points
It's always better to learn history while enjoying it but that book might be a bit tiresome. Story could have been unpredictable to keep reader more passionate.