Monday, June 20, 2011

Fun Summer Reading

Sometimes you just want to kick back with a good book and read. There are a number of books with a math bent that are also just plain fun to read. This week the summer soltice begins and many of us will be searching for books to read while soaking up the sun. Here are a few suggestions for books to tuck into your beach bag.

Crimes and Mathedemeanors by Leith Hatoutis is a delightful collection of short detective stories that will challenges teenagers and adults alike. The main character, Ravi, is a 14-year-old math genius who uses mathematics and physics to help the local detectives solve perplexing cases.

The Parrot's Theorem, an International bestseller by Denis Guedj is an interesting cross between mathematical history and a murder mystery combined with a charming parrot that will discuss math with anyone.

Finally, for younger readers, check out The Great Number Rumble: A Story of Math in Surprising Places by Cora Lee and Gillian O'Reilly. A book that aptly illustrates that math is indeed all around us.

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