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Getting and keeping teens interest in mathematics is vital to their future. But how, when there are so many dreary textbooks and repetitive curriculum requirements? Covering everything that they need to know is about all a school can do. What approach would work, when there are million other things for them to do? Ioanna Georgiou and Asuka Young have come up with a novel approach that is based on stories from history – with a twist! Peculiar Deaths combines short stories about key mathematicians from the past and how they died, with details of the mathematical advances that they made. But one of the deaths is made up – but which one?
Can Beans Kill You? - Pythagoras
Death by Square Root - Hippasus
You should not be Disturbing my Circles! - Archimedes
What? A Woman Mathematician? Die! - Hypatia
A bit of Gambling Killed No-one, Ever - Gerolamo Cardano
A Very Rich Way to Die - Tycho Brahe
Death by Time Calculation - Abraham De Moivre
Just a Bit Too Young - Evariste Galois
At the Mental Asylum - Andre Bloch
Self-imposed Starvation and other Difficulties - Kurt Gödel
Funny and enjoyable stories, with visual puzzles throughout. A great way to learn about mathematics of the past, and for students age 13 and over to enjoy learning and understand key concepts. Perfect for libraries, clubs and as prizes too.
About the Author
Ioanna (possible pronunciation Yo-Anna) is a mathematics educator who finds story telling a fascinating way to communicate mathematical ideas from the times they were emerging. Turning to stories of the past, with lively characters full of resilience and determination gives a rather comprehensive glimpse of what maths has been doing for us possibly ever since early humans started counting. Ioanna has been using these ideas in her teaching, masterclasses and workshops. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a Chartered Mathematics Teacher and author of “Mathematical Adventures!