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Happy World Tessellation Day!
by Emily Grosvenor

Join Tessa in this whimsical and engaging math picture book, which will teach children about tessellations and inspire them to get outside and be a part of nature!


June 17, 2020 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate Women in Mathematics!

Happy Women in Mathematics Day!

Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Science profiles the accomplishments of twenty-two women in chronological order beginning with Hypatia (370-315) and ending with Mary Gray (1939-). The book grew out of the efforts of a group of twenty mathematics and science teachers who met together for a yearlong study of issues surrounding mathematics, science and gender. Each wrote at least one biography.

Some of the mathematicians, such as Hypatia and Mary Somerville, are profiled in other books easily available to classroom teachers. Others are not generally found in materials at this reading, for example Robinson, Gray and Rudin. Some mathematicians who you might expect to see, such as Sonya Kovalevskaya, are left out; but it is not meant to be a comprehensive volume. There is one woman of color, Evelyn Granville.

Each woman was a pioneer in her lifetime, making a difference in the world by following her own dreams. Each individual’s story is told in the context of her times, pointing out the specific challenges she faced, how she struggled with the issues of her day and how she overcame the obstacles. The portrayals are humanizing; each subject makes choices, both good and bad, in their lives. The stories relate who was influential and supportive to each woman. There is an overall theme of determination to learn and do, despite society’s–and sometimes family’s– expectations and challenges that differed from their own.

The introduction says this book is for middle school; the NCTM catalog says “all ages”. I would say middle school and up. There are descriptions of the mathematics and science done by the women, but one does not need a technical background to understand the content because its purpose is to portray the people and not the specifics of their work.

All of the illustrations are original, using a scratchboard technique; instead of the photographs one frequently sees of these women. Since it came out, I have used this book as one of the resources on mathematicians in my classroom. I recommend it as another resource for the teacher to have available for students’ use.

May 12, 2020 at 4:12 am Leave a comment

Julia: A Life in Mathematics

Happy Birthday, Julia Robinson!

In high school Julia Bowman stood alone as the only girl – and the best student – in the junior and senior math classes. She had only one close friend and no boyfriends. Although she was to learn that there are such people as mathematicians, her ambition was merely to get a job teaching mathematics in high school. At great sacrifice her widowed stepmother sent her to the University of California at Berkeley. But at Berkeley, in a society of mathematicians, she discovered herself. There was also a prince at Berkeley, a brilliant young assistant professor named Raphael Robinson. Theirs was to be a marriage that would endure until her death in 1985. Julia is the story of Julia Bowman Robinson, the gifted and highly original mathematician who during her lifetime was recognized in ways that no other woman mathematician had ever been recognized. This unusual book brings together in one volume the prizewinning Autobiography of Julia Robinson by her sister, the popular mathematical biographer Constance Reid, and three very personal articles about her work by outstanding mathematical colleagues.


December 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Butterfly in the Quantum World

Butterfly in the Quantum World


April 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment



December 19, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus

By Hannah Fry and Thomas Oleron Evans

How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list ? Can you predict Her Majesty’s Christmas Message? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner – shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night – or fatter – as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world?

Full of diagrams, sketches and graphs, beautiful equations, Markov chains and matrices, The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus brightens up the bleak midwinter with stockingfuls of mathematical marvels. And proves once and for all that maths isn’t just for old men with white hair and beards who associate with elves.

Maths has never been merrier.


December 17, 2018 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

by Edwin Abbott Abbott


October 11, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Notes on a Triangle

René Jodoin | 1966 | 4 min


September 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment



September 7, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

ANNIVERSARY: Johann Carl Friedrich Gauß

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauß’s 241st Birthday


April 30, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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