The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life Of Paul Erdos
  • The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life Of Paul Erdos
  • The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life Of Paul Erdos
  • The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life Of Paul Erdos
  • The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life Of Paul Erdos
  • The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life Of Paul Erdos
ISBN: 1596433078
EAN13: 9781596433076
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 25, 2013
Pages: 48
Dimensions: 0.39" H x 10.08" L x 8.11" W
Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn't learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made Uncle Paul a great man.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

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5
   A nice book with rewards for the curious
This is a beautifully told story that appeals especially to children who find solace in the predictability and beauty of the numbers. But it will let you enjoy an uncommon story while also highlighting the existence of mathematics as a subject of interest, a life's pursuit beyond the rote memorization that most children are forced to endure. Some of the mathematical concepts portrayed in the pictures are not explained as part of the story, but are included in an appendix for those older or more advanced readers interested in opening the door to some more advanced concepts.
 
5
   Beautiful biography for epsilons and their parents
This book does an incredible job of capturing Paul Erdös'quirkiness. I must admit that I am a little biased, but this is one of the best biographies I have ever read. The text is simple but delightful, and the story of a boy who still doesn 't sit well with restless children. The mathematics in the story is detailed and well explained, with hints at deeper math drawn into the buildings 6, and simple explanations at the end.
 
3
   Not what I expected.
The story is interesting but difficult to follow a child and comes with a very anti-school time. The child dropped out of school and his mother supported it because she did not like him getting germs! Forget using this in class as a read aloud.
 
5
   GREAT GIFT FOR A GRANDSON
This was a gift for my grandson, who loves math himself! He is now more enthusiastic than ever.
 
5
   Great gift for new readers, inspiring students to try math!
The children loved the book and I hope that many will enjoy it for many years.
 
5
   Good promotion for early math interest
My five-year-old grandson listened to the whole book. He is very high-active, so that I was pleasantly surprised. Since the first reading, he has picked it up several times.
 
5
   A wonderful book
My eight-year-old started to read it right away, thanks to the wonderful pictures. Highly recommended to every child.
 
3
   Not what I expected.
The story is difficult for a child to follow, but it is intriguing. The child dropped out of school because his mom didn't like him getting germs. Don't use it as a read aloud in class.
 
5
   A nice book with rewards for the curious
This is a nicely told story that will appeal to kids who find solace in numbers. It won't make your child a genius in math. It will allow you to enjoy an uncommon story, while also highlighting the existence of mathematics as a subject of interest, a life's pursuit, something beyond the rote memorization that most kids are forced to endure. Some of the mathematical concepts depicted in the pictures are not explained in the story, but are included in an appendix, which will reward the older or more advanced readers who are interested in opening the door to some more advanced concepts.
 
5
   Beautiful biography for epsilons and their parents
The book captures the quirkiness of Paul Erds. The illustrations do justice to the prose, and the end notes for parents and children are wonderful. This is one of the best biographies I' ve ever read. The story of a boy who doesn't like to sit still will sit well with restless children because of the simple text. The mathematics in the story is easy to understand, with hints at deeper math drawn into the buildings 6, and detailed explanations provided at the end. No matter what the child's interests are, this book will spark her curiosity.
 
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