Not Your Average Maths Book

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Pub Date 15 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 17 Mar 2022

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Not Your Average Maths Book presents a fun and accessible look at numbers, filled with great facts and fascinating insights into numbers, their history and the mathematicians who made key breakthroughs in their fields.

From how long it would take to count to a billion, to why bubbles are always round, to what the ham sandwich theorem is, this book answers all these questions and many many more!

Not Your Average Maths Book looks at how maths is useful in our everyday lives, from how it is useful on the construction site to how algorithms dictate what music we listen to on our smart phones, as well as setting out a short history of maths, starting with the first written numbers, from 43,000 years ago, through all the major mathematical discoveries right up to the present day!

Complete with a mathemetician's hall of fame, highlighting some of the brilliant minds who have advanced our understanding of numbers, to awards for the most special numbers as well as explanations of what makes them so great, this book will fascinate budding mathematicians or children keen to learn about more about the world around them.

Filled with facts, and with fun illustrated layouts and graphics to help visualise the concepts, Not Your Average Maths Book is a perfect extracurricular companion to help inspire a love of maths and numbers in kids.

Not Your Average Maths Book presents a fun and accessible look at numbers, filled with great facts and fascinating insights into numbers, their history and the mathematicians who made key...

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This book contains many such fun bits of trivia. But it doesn’t stop here.

As the title cleverly suggests, this is not your “average” maths book. (Don’t you love the punny sound of it?) I’ve read quite a few books on making maths comfortable for children, but all of them end up providing definitions and theorems, though in a fun way. This book strives to be different. There are hardly any staid definitions. What we get instead is an application-intensive book filled with examples of how maths is actually used in the real world.

Right from architecture to shopping to nature to travel time, the entire book looks at how maths is all around us in our routine life. It even details concepts that you wouldn’t traditionally count under maths such as symmetry or fractals or genetic dominance. The book even includes famous mathematicians and a timeline of key mathematical developments. The perfect icing on the cake is the inclusion of fun puzzles.

The approach of the book is the right medley of information and entertainment. It simplifies even the most complicated of concepts with its practical approach and humorous presentation. As in every Quarto book, the illustrations are perfect and add the right touch of levity and detail to the concepts. I applaud the decision to keep the illustrations inclusive.

Overall, this will be a great book for children to understand not just what maths is all about but also how their maths teachers are (sometimes) right – maths is required in the real world and if one can approach it with sensibility than with fear, maths can be a wonderfully useful subject for life.

Heartily recommended to all youngsters, their parents, schools and libraries. This would suit children aged 9+, though they might need to wait to understand some of the higher-level concepts.

4.5 stars from me for this way-above-average math book.

My thanks to Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley for the DRC of “Not Your Average Maths Book”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book.

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This book is brilliant. It has everything. There are complex maths problems, inspirational mathematicians, maths in art and nature, experiments, music, games and more. I have already learnt so many new things and tried out some of the activities. I can't wait to get a copy in real life to share with the children at school.

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