ERIC Number: ED425927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Marvels of Math: Fascinating Reads and Awesome Activities.
Haven, Kendall F.
Any topic, math included, becomes more accessible and understandable when human stories are related about the development of the subject. Stories make subjects real and purposeful. They provide a foundation from which students can understand and appreciate mathematics rather than merely memorize a series of rote exercises. This book presents 16 stories focusing on significant developments in mathematics history. The stories are divided into four groups. Stories about numbers include: "Numbers in the Sand"; "Something from Nothing"; "Imagine That..."; and "Infinity...and Beyond." Stories about geometry include: "Elementary Elements"; "'Flying' High"; and "Shadow Boxing." Stories about mathematical concepts include: "The Weighing Game"; "The Odds Are..."; "Smaller Makes Bigger"; "A Bridge to Math"; "The Truth about 'M. Le Blanc'"; "Out of Time"; and "One Step Forward, One Step Back." Stories about calculating machines include: "No Bones about It!"; and "Amazing Grace." Each story contains an at a glance section, terms to know, and follow-on questions and activities to explore. (Contains 84 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geometry, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics History, Mathematics Instruction, Number Concepts
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