a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|In this famous children's tale about a princess who wants the moon, "the
mathematician" is one of three wisemen who shows himself not to be so
wise. (The jester, on the other hand,...) |
It was a very intertaining story and included things like people guessing at how far away the moon is. My daughter who is only 2 years old enjoyed it. As far as providing any REAL math help, though, it's probably not that good a choice. I would use it more for "what if" questions.
Many Moons is a children's story, touched by humorous mathematical word-play. A young princess falls ill from a surfeit of raspberry tarts. Only the moon can save her, and the King's advisors (including the Royal Mathematician) offer increasingly ridiculous solutions.
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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