- Age Range: 7 and up
- Grade Level: 2 and up
- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Wide World Publishing (February 16, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933174896
- ISBN-13: 978-0933174894
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fractals, Googols, and Other Mathematical Tales
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Contrast this with Malba Tahan's "The Man who Counted" and "The Number Devil." There is no comparison.
I would love to see the concept in "The Man who Counted" taken much further, integrating higher mathematics into a real story. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
"Fractals, Googols and other Mathematical Tales" includes a total of 22 topical tales.
The table of contents helpfully includes information as to the topic discussed in that tale, as the chapter titles, 'Dr. Spacemath', for example, do not always indicate what the topic is!
Unfortunately, if you already have the Penrose books, you will find that at least 9 of the chapters in "Fractals" are repeated from the Penrose books. Several of these have been condensed and it seems as though the author's commentary has been added to some in a purple side-bar in keeping with the style of the rest of the book.
While the Penrose books are clearly written for and to those new to the world of mathematics, "Fractals" includes small-print, purple side-bars that seem to be written to a parent/teacher.
As in the Penrose books, there is a section in the very back that includes solutions to puzzles and challenges posted in the book.
We are big fans of the Penrose books and Theoni Pappas, and while 'Fractals' does indicate topics in the table of contents, I wish that all these books had a good index to make it easier to find tales and activities that are relevant to a student's current topic of study.
I was also disappointed that so many of the tales in "Fractals" are repeats from the Penrose books.
However, if you do not already have Penrose, this would be a great book to introduce you to Pappas' unique approach to mathematical tales.