Q&A #6631

Stories about math

T2T || FAQ || Ask T2T || Teachers' Lounge || Browse || Search || Thanks || About T2T

View entire discussion

From: Pat Ballew (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Jul 15, 2001 at 14:27:34
Subject: Re: Stories about math


Almost any good math history book would be a good beginning, but some are 
more fruitful than others. Eric Bell's, "Men of Mathematics" is a classic
and is relatively inexpensive. Carl Boyer is an excellent source also. Try 
looking through the NCTM materials, I believe they offer a book that Victor 
Katz edited directed at high school and early college.  
  You don't specify a grade level, so I might include Lancelot Hogben's 
"Mathematics for the Million", another classic that is rich in historical 
ideas. Try one of the online book companies and pick books about topics 
you teach that are written for popular consumption or stroll the shelves of 
your local book store in the math section. Paul Nahin's "Imaginary Tale" 
about the history of the imaginary constant is one that comes to mind, 
Maor's, "e, the story of a number" is another.  

I guess the classic translation of Euclid by Sir Thomas Heath would fit nicely 
hear too, since it goes into such detail about the related mathematicians and 

Good luck. Hope this is of some help to you.

 -Pat Ballew, for the T2T service

Post a public discussion message
Ask Teacher2Teacher a new question

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

Math Forum Home || The Math Library || Quick Reference || Math Forum Search

Teacher2Teacher - T2T ®
© 1994- Drexel University. All rights reserved.
The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel School of Education.The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.