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G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book Hardcover – September 1, 1998
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I took a chance on ordering it because I had never heard of it before but it intrigued me. For each letter of the alphabet, a mathematical term (or two) is defined. It's fun, mathematical terms are clearly explained and some of the letters give you go-along activities.
I've been reading this aloud to my kids (ages 8 & 10) and they enjoy it. I even learned some new things, and I have a degree in mechanical engineering (which requires a lot of upper level math.) Your kids don't have to be gifted in math to enjoy this one. Some of the topics are A is for Abacus, B is for Binary (great explanation!), C is for cubit, D is for Diamond, E is for equilateral and exponent, F is for Fibonacci and G is for Googol. If you don't know what those mean, you'd better get the book!
Even if my 8 yo doesn't remember what an exponent is, she may remember them when she comes to them again and it won't be so intimidating. The more explanations the better, right? This book doesn't teach you anything you HAVE to know, just lots of interesting things that make math fun. Maybe that makes it more interesting - because you don't have to know it.
I caught my 10 yo teaching my 8 yo how to make a mobius strip and what it was. I had to say, "HEY! Have you been reading ahead without me?!" He sheepishly admitted it, but it was so interesting he just had to!
I would say this is probably good for 3rd or 4th grade and up. A younger age could understand some of the topics, but some of the math topics require a bit higher order thinking.
Armed with this book, I was finally able to answer some of my son's questions, such as "what comes after a trillion?" Answer: a quadrillion, a quintillion, a sextillion, and so forth. This information is filed under "z is for zillion," where it is explained that a zillion is not a real number, but merely means "a lot." (One of many math myths dispelled in the book.) Some other terms that are explained include: "fibonacci," "exponent," and "probability," as well as the less intimidating "jupiter" and "diamond."
While the alphabet format is more conducive to browsing than reference, there is a glossary of math terms in the back of the book. "G is for Google" is primarily for ages nine and up, although some younger children who are particularly interested or gifted in math may benefit.
Now, I am 23, have earned by B.S. in Physics, and am working toward my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. I love math, and this book showed me why to love it.
p.s. When google.com became a thing- I knew what it was [sort of] named after because of this book.
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I've been looking for living math books for my kids. I hated the subject in school and that was directly related to the pressure that surrounded the subject. (Timed tests, anyone? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heather Lei
My children LOVE this book and came to me saying all kinds of things I didn't know since they read it before me! I think it's a great book to inspire math in young learners!Published 11 months ago by jay_vee_zee
This book was a hit with my son. He is 5 and we have been reading him an entry each night. The next day he incorporates the new concepts into his play and often sits and writes... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jocelyn