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Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians Paperback – February 7, 1994

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ISBN-13: 978-0866515092 ISBN-10: 0866515097 Edition: 0th

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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 - 09
  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: DALE SEYMOUR PUBLICATIONS (February 7, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0866515097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0866515092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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200 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie A. on April 9, 2002
I'm a former math major, and I loved these books! I used both volumes about six years ago, when I was homeschooling our youngest son. If I were teaching math in an elementary or middle school, I would try to incorporate these two volumes of biographies into the curriculum.
I especially liked that the Reimers included stories of women mathematicians. In my experience, far too many girls give up on math at an early age, and it's important for them to have role models. In fact, few kids of EITHER gender can picture themselves as mathematicians. Before the movie A Beautiful Mind, would an average child have been able to name even one famous mathematician?
The chapter titles are very catchy, which is important for children, especially since many of them approach the subject with a negative attitude.
Because of the confusion in the two titles, I am listing the publishing information for each volume, along with the table of contents. I wish the Reimers would do a third volume!
Mathematicians Are People, Too (Volume I)
By Luetta and Wilmer Reimer
1990 Dale Seymour Publications
ISBN 0-86651-509-7
Mathematicians Are People, Too (Volume II)
By Luetta and Wilmer Reimer
1995 Dale Seymour Publications
ISBN 0-86651-823-1
****** VOLUME I:******
Pyramids, Olives, and Donkeys. Thales
The Teacher Who Paid His Student. Pythagoras
The Man Who Concentrated Too Hard. Archimedes
A Woman of Courage. Hypatia
Magician or Mathematician? John Napier
Seeing Isn't Believing. Galileo Galilei
Count on Pascal. Blaise Pascal
The Short Giant. Isaac Newton
The Blind Man Who Could See. Leonhard Euler
The Professor Who Did Not Know. Joseph Louis Lagrange
Mathematics at Midnight.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Williams on March 2, 2000
It's hard to tell from the titles, but there are 2 volumes of this book; I think this is volume 1. Each volume has 15 short stories about famous mathematicians, suitable for any age from (I'm guessing) 8 to adult. I've been reading these stories for family reading, and my 11 year old son is actually excited about geometry! After reading about Pascal, we did some internet research about cycloids and hypocycloids; more commonly known as the figures that can be drawn with a Spirograph. Volume One has chapters on the following people: Thales, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Hypatia, Napier, Galileo, Pascal, Newton, Euler, Lagrange, Germain, Gauss, Galois, Noether and Ramanujan. Volume 2 covers Euclid, Khayyam, Fibonacci, Cardano, Descartes, Fermat, Agnesi, Banneker, Babbage, Somerville, Abel, Lovelace, Kovalevsky, Einstein and Polya. I highly recommend this book for increasing a child's (or an adult's) interests in the fields of math, geometry, physics and philosophy. I wish there was a Volume Three!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Christensen on December 20, 2004
This books is excellent for a read-aloud to your children about ages 7 or 8 to 12. (10 and up or so could read on their own.) I read a chapter aloud each week to my children, and when I felt they'd understand a mathematical principle, I would try to explain that to them as well. No, it's not going to teach them a ton of math, but it does build excitement and interest for math and it makes math seem more personable. And I really like it that they include famous women mathematicians.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Wendy E. Roberts on March 3, 2002
We have had such a great time with this book. We have read it at night as a family then done some hands on experiments with the different storys theorys. We built our own pyramids from legos and measured them and their shadows to study about thales. We have done gravity with Galileo and Newton and learned about the stars with them as well.
Great book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peach Powel on January 4, 2007
Mathematicians are People, Too has been a wonderful tool in introducing and enriching so many topics. There is a lot of useful information in this book and I have used it for both science and math lessons from the Pythagorean Theorem to density to women in the sciences, just to name a few.

The stories about real mathematicians brings a personal side to math and science and the reading of the stories brings added interest and diversity to the lessons.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Morrow on March 28, 2012
I am a middle school math teacher and I read chapters from this book to my students. Mathematics can seem so abstract and the stories of real mathematicians adds flesh to the topic. Both women and men are in the book, which allow me to demonstrate that women can excel in math and the sciences. My students ask me to read stories. I guess that means they recommend the book.

The stories tell about not only some of the amazing things these great people did, but also contains anecdotes that show their humanness. Newton was forgetful. Noerter's students at Bryn Mawr protected her from traffic. Students develop strong opinions on Sophie Germain's wisdom at staying up at night to study mathematics, in an unheated room in the winter. Were her parents really watching out for her? Notable historic events are woven into the stories, such as the burning of the library in Alexandria.

These are human stories for anyone who is a teen or older. (The chapter on Galois bummed out my students.)
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