Mathical Book Prize Winners
Eighteen math-related fiction and nonfiction books recently won
recognition from a new program of the Mathematical Sciences
Research Institute (MSRI) and the Children's Book
To select the first annual "Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots
to Teens," MSRI and CBC reviewed 175 titles from 50 publishers.
Their aim: books that "not only teach math, but also inspire a
love of discovering math in the everyday world." Their winners
include two books featured in these pages shortly after they
The nonprofit First Book has partnered with MSRI and CBC to
make several thousand copies of the winning publications
available exclusively to schools and programs serving children
Now through Tuesday, 12 May, post on social media with the
hashtag #MathicalBooks for chances to win some of this great
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Dear Marissa, it is nice to have you as my mentor. Let's get
started! The reason I multiplied 85 by 5 is because...."
- Mikka, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
Brandenburg's Recommended Math Books
Looking for more good reads? Check out Guy Brandenburg's book
list, organized into math and science sub-topics, and annotated
with capsule reviews and reading level ratings.
During his 30+ years of teaching math in the public schools of
Washington, DC, Brandenburg used to assign his 8th and 9th
grade algebra and geometry students to read two of these books
each year, and then write reports on them.
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"So as not to confuse my students, I gave them the formula in
words. It worked quite well...."
- Denise, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion
group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching
Got an exceptional math activity to share? The Museum of
Mathematics (MoMath) wants to know — and award its author a
$25,000 cash prize.
For the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching, North
America's only museum devoted to math seeks a lesson that
addresses these seven questions especially well:
Is it outside the box?
Is it fun?
What's the math?
Is the activity easy to replicate?
Does the activity have impact?
Is it understandable?
Is it well-written?
Check out previous lesson plans and videos, such as last year's
winning "Random Walk" entry by Ralph Pantozzi — a long-time
friend of the Forum!
New this year: nominations. If you know a full-time teacher
with an outstanding math activity to share, fill out this short
form for MoMath to invite them to apply:
The deadline for preliminary applications is Tuesday, 19 May:
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization first featured in these
pages during the construction of its 19,000 square foot space
five years ago, MoMath strives to enhance public understanding
and perception of mathematics.