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Fantasia Mathematica Paperback – April 1, 1997
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A LIFE LEARNING POINT: This book closely tied math with imagination and fantasy--a connection never clearly drawn in my public education. I think, though, that it's very important to present mathematics as the language for interpreting the world that it is...rather than as a cold and mostly irrelevant subject to get C minuses in! IT MADE MATH EXCITING. Yikes, did I say that? It is another way to know why your baseball is going to break the window, how to build a spaceship in your back yard, and how to teleport to Argentina in 0 seconds flat.
A real tangible benefit to reading this book was learning the derivation of Pythagoras' Theorom. Not to sound like an idiot, but I think most of us went through high school geometry having no clue where a2 + b2 = c2 came from. In two pages, this book explained it so clearly to me that I laughed out loud. IF ONLY THEY USED THIS TO TEACH ME INSTEAD OF A BRUTAL MATH BOOK!
This book is worth it in Hard Cover or Paperback. Own it and you too can open up to your closest friends and admit you liked a book about math...
Sadly, I have lost that copy. When I saw the title for sale at Amazon, I purchased my second copy.
Note that my father, my daughter, and I are considered 'math' people [but not mathematicians]. We are musical. We enjoy Martin Gardner's books and 'recreational math' -- a term that is an oxymoron to many. I hesitate to classify this as a book for 'young readers' since I am enjoying the re-read, and am no longer young. But I do believe that, for the middle-schooler who both reads and is 'good at math', this book hits a sweet-spot.
I look forward to sharing my new copy with two of my grandchildren -- and diving in once more.
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I read this in the early sixties and have been wanting to reread it ever since. Take advantage of its re-release.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought the Kindle edition to replace a well-read and worn-out old paperback copy. The stories are good to excellent. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by S. Brinich
Nope, not that many. But this one is tops, and has been since (I'm checking the copyright page)...1958. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by John Spritz
Fantasia Mathematica is a collection of stories and short paragraphs from many different authors. Each tale is based on some fascinating mathematical concept, developed into... Read morePublished on April 29, 2009 by A. J. Stienstra
I discovered this book in my school library years back, and I can't remember how many times I checked it out. Years later, I found it online and pounced on it immediately. Read morePublished on February 14, 2009 by Jack