The Fly On The Ceiling: A Math Myth
ISBN: 0679886079
EAN13: 9780679886075
Language: English
Release Date: May 19, 1998
Pages: 48
Dimensions: 0.3" H x 3.8" L x 2.3" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   We own almost all Step Into Reading 3-5 books, don't buy this one
My son recently discovered an interest in reading historical fiction and biography, and the step into reading series has been a great way to feed this interest. Prospective buyers should be warned that this book ends with a page that basically says haha '' none of this book is true, and since then my son has been less interested in reading history and biography books. Step Into Reading gives a lot of thanks, Step Into Reading.
   I think (that many book-worthy truths about Descartes exist) therefore I am (wondering why the author chooses to speculate)
What of the following statements are true a) René Descartes invented the Cartesian '' coordinate system to track the movements of a fly on the wall. b ) René Descartes was messy. c) René Descartes fell into the Seine absentmindedly. The right answer is d''. Unfortunately, the author of this pseudo-biography contains an engaging story that tells all three statements. The fact behind the fiction is explained in the author's note section on the final page, where we learn the only two unisputable facts in the book... René Descartes made the Cartesian coordinate system very popular. He was also a darn good philosopher. Although the illustrations are very good and the book's explanation of the Cartesian coordinate system is comprehensible, it seems pointless to present a fabricated story to a seven-year-old child to whom you must say it is not true at some point.
   Every math teacher should own this book
An entertaining, but appropriately simple explanation of how Rene Descartes developed coordinate graphing. Great first example of math's history. If you are just looking for a funny little story book with amazing illustrations, this will work just fine.
   So helpful
It gave my 5th graders that common experience, from which we could continue to develop our coordinate - gridordered pairs - conversations and activities.
   Amazing kids book
Easy to use words with enough challenge, and the theme helps the scientist in everyone.