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The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics Hardcover – December 1, 2000
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You can read this book primarily from several different perspectives. It may be easier for you child if you emphasize one at a time when you introduce the book. First, there's the classic love "triangle" involving a line (a rather straight fellow) who falls for a circle, the circle (who's frivolous despite being perfectly identical in all directions -- "You're the beginning and the end, the hub, the core and the quintessence . . . ."), and a messy squiggle of a line who appeals to the dot (who the dot thinks is "gay and free, so uninhibited and full of joy"). This story line is the easiest for everyone to follow.
Although the line is a rather dependable and likeable sort, he's just not interesting to the circle (". . . and you are as stiff as a stick. Dull. Conventional and repressed. Tied and trammeled. Subdued, smothered and stiffled."). So he goes off to "learn new tricks" and creates the ability to make an infinite number of shapes out of his line. She's impressed, and that wins the fair maiden.Read more ›
You've heard the story before: Quiet, boring ol' Dick is crazy over the beautiful, bubbly Jane. But Jane is going out with Otto (the tough, joke-cracking "party animal" guy). Dick persists, and eventually finds out what it will take to win Jane's heart while maintaining his dignity. Jane dumps obnoxious Otto, wondering what she ever saw in him, and hooks up with Dick. I suppose it's a classic romance archtype (maybe there's a thin line between "archtype" and "cliche", but I digress).
Anyway, Juster beautifully tells this story by casting the three personalities as a simple straight line, a colorful dot, and a loud scribble. Each page has fun artwork to illustrate the story, ranging from geometrically simple to geometrically complex.
It's not a life-changing story, but I find "The Dot and the Line" to be an aesthetically pleasing, short n' sweet book. I'm glad to see it being reprinted.
What the books about:
This book is about a Line, a Dot, and a Sqiggle. It shows you how the three relate, and differnt things you can do with them mathmatically, throgh the medium of a classic love story.
Its a wonderful book and i suggest you read it, even if your not in a math class. I also hear there is a short cartoon bassed off of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this to my math loving 7 year old son. He loved it. A great way to talk about love and geometry...Published 5 months ago by V. Hunter
Don't even remember how many of this beautiful book I have purchased over the years to give as gift.Published 10 months ago by D