Understanding Shapes and Sizes
Series Editor: Tom Jackson
978-1-62795-138-8 | Paperback | 184 pages | 7.5″ x 8.8″
List Price: $19.95
Geometry does not have to be confusing! Inside Mathematics: Geometry helps make sense of all of those lines and angles by showing its fascinating origins and how that knowledge is applied in everyday life. Written to engage and enthuse young minds, this accessible overview introduces readers to the amazing people who figured out how shapes work and how they can be used to build spaces and study places we cannot go, like the beginning of the Universe. Filled with enlightening illustrations and images, Geometry is arranged chronologically, from Euclid’s revolution to the Poincaré conjecture, to clearly show how ideas in mathematics evolved from the Ancient Egyptians in 3000 BC to the present day. What began as scratched circles and squares in the dirt has evolved into a branch of mathematics used to create realistic landscapes in video games, build mile-high skyscrapers, and manufacture robots so tiny they can swim in your bloodstream.
“Gr 8 Up—Goldsmith explains the history of geometry though important mathematicians, significant concepts, and a variety of shapes. Beginning in ancient times with simple concepts (the Pythagorean theorem), the book progresses to the advanced, complex geometry studied today, such as non-Euclidean geometry. Stories and puzzles help make sense of the math and retain readers’ interest. An abundance of color photos and drawings provide visual examples described in the text. All of these aspects work together to deliver a book that is fun to read. While some topics need further research to be understood, Goldsmith’s lively tone will encourage readers to expand their knowledge. The book’s complexity and lack of thorough explanations will deter novice learners or those struggling with math. A table of contents, a glossary, and an index are included. VERDICT: Give this visually appealing book to readers who love math and are looking to explore concepts beyond their textbook.”
Katherine Rao, Palos Verdes Library District, CA, School Library Journal, December 13, 2019
Dr. Mike Goldsmith is a science writer and former head of the U.K.’s National Physical Laboratory, where he specialized in astronomy and the science of sound. In his many nonfiction books for children, Mike engages with a wide range of topics, including mathematics, space exploration, time travel and the history of science. Mike received a PhD in astrophysics from Keele University in the U.K. He lives in Twickenham, London. Tom Jackson, series editor, is a science and technology writer based in the United Kingdom. Tom specializes in recasting these subjects into lively historical narratives by uncovering lively stories that help to create new ways to enjoy the sciences. He studied at the University of Bristol and still lives in the city with his wife and three children.