Exploring the World of Mathematics

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Overview

For Grade Level 9-12

Numbers surround us. Just try to make it through a day without using any. It's impossible: telephone numbers, calendars, volume settings, shoe sizes, speed limits, weights, street numbers, microwave timers, TV channels, and the list goes on and on. The many advancements and branches of mathematics were developed through the centuries as people encountered problems and relied upon math to solve them. It's amazing how ten simple digits can be used in an endless number of ways to benefit man. The development of these ten digits and their many uses is the fascinating story you hold in your hands: Exploring the World of Mathematics.

A Look Inside

SKU M412-7
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 1.20
Title Exploring the World of Mathematics
Subtitle From Ancient Record Keeping to the Latest Advances in Computers
Series Exploring
ISBN 13 9780890514122
Contributors John Hudson Tiner
Binding Paperback
Page Count 160
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 8 1/2 x 11 x 1/2

Numbers surround us. Just try to make it through a day without using any. It's impossible: telephone numbers, calendars, volume settings, shoe sizes, speed limits, weights, street numbers, microwave timers, TV channels, and the list goes on and on. The many advancements and branches of mathematics were developed through the centuries as people encountered problems and relied upon math to solve them. For instance:

  • What timely invention was tampered with by the Caesars and almost perfected by a pope?
  • Why did ten days vanish in September of 1752?
  • How did Queen Victoria shorten the Sunday sermons at chapel?
  • What important invention caused the world to be divided into time zones?
  • What simple math problem caused the Mars Climate Orbiter to burn up in the Martian atmosphere?
  • What common unit of measurement was originally based on the distance from the equator to the North Pole?
  • Does water always boil at 212° Fahrenheit?
  • What do Da Vinci's Last Supper and the Parthenon have in common?
  • Why is a computer glitch called a "bug"?

It's amazing how ten simple digits can be used in an endless number of ways to benefit man. The development of these ten digits and their many uses is the fascinating story you hold in your hands: Exploring the World of Mathematics.

WAY Better Than Expected!!
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I thought that this book might be boring and a real chore to work through for my son but I was so wrong! There were so many mind blowing facts about math that we never knew. It just made me even more aware of God's absolutely amazing creation and how math is pretty much the heartbeat of it all.

My son is in the 9th grade and while he is advanced in math with special interest in biblical science, he doesn't actual enjoy math - even though he is very good at it. I thought he would be bored with this book since it was history + math. But nope! The biblical sciency math facts were a pleasure to learn! There were some math problems to solve in the course, but not very many. The course was more about teaching relevent info and leave out any busywork. So the very few math equations to solve were necessary to help a concept make sense.

This book is one worth having, even if not doing the rest of the "Survey of the Sciences" course, this book alone is fantastic and a wonderful read with the whole family.
So Interesting!
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I bought this to use as an additional resource with my math-minded youngest, and the information is fascinating. Excellent material to delve further into the world of mathematics.
Interesting even for folks who aren’t exactly a math whiz.
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We used this book as part of the Survey of Science History and Concepts course. This would be a good book for students who may not particularly love math, but find the story interesting. Sometimes learning more of the story behind math will make the actual calculations a little more bearable. ;-)
Math history
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Super excited to work this into my high schoolers math curriculum. Got this from scratch and sent sale I believe. I have been eyeballing this and heard good things. Looks informative and interesting.
Fascinating!! So Much to See Here!!
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Purchased this as a reference book instead of as curriculum. So thankful to have mathematics presented in a more integrated fashion, making it almost into a story, and is well done, easy to understand, and most importantly written to honor God. Thank you all!!!
enjoyable
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My 19 yr. old son is really enjoying this book, but my 13 yr. old needs some assistance in understanding it.
Fascinating
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Who knew the study of the history of mathematics could be so fascinating??
Great for sparking interest!
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We love all of Tiner's books and have purchased all of them. Our kids are still young, but we use these books as read alouds and for research. They are such an engaging read and packed with great information. I plan to use them with Master Book's Survey of Science History & Concepts when my children are ready for that course. This particular book actually sparked an interest in math for my daughter, who was previously not at all interested in the subject!
So Interesting!
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The books from this series are so fascinating! Kids love them and adults too! Love to leave them around the house and kids pick them up and enjoy learning without knowing it!!!
Great Book on the History of Mathematics
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Math is not a favorite subject in our homeschool. I purchased this book hoping it would make math more interesting for us and because we do love learning about history. It really has helped us to like math more. It is very interesting, it is not boring at all. I would recommend this book.

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