a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|This picture book for children, which is available for free online and also in print, tells the story of a girl who is upset when her math teacher requires the class to do arithmetic without a calculator. Her uncle, a wizard named El Mundo, and a team of expert witnesses including Archimedes, Galileo,
Da Vinci, Mozart and Cleopatra argue that in math, it is important to understand what you're doing and to be able to do some basic mental computation.
The plot seems extremely forced and the narrative is rather preachy. The story was quite dull for my students. The pictures weren't very interesting either.
|More information about this work can be found at www.googolpower.com.|
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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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College of Charleston)