Think numbers are boring? Think again!
Did you know that the number 'zero' didn't exist until around 600ad?
Or that a Googolplex is a number so big it would fill the UNIVERSE if you wrote it down?
Or that you can use the number 1089 to read people's minds?
An incredible fact-packed journey to infinity and beyond, unravelling mazes and outsmarting a calculator. Maths has never been more fun!
NOTE: May require parental assistance for younger children.
I have always loved numbers. They speak the basic language of the universe, simple in nature, yet so beautifully complex in function, they can describe both the biggest, and smallest aspects of the world we live in, yet forever leave us stunned by how much deeper they can still go. This is a brilliant starting guide to the hidden wonders of numbers. Kids of any age, adults, seniors, we can all read this book and discover something new, be it the nature of Prime Numbers, the spiralling patterns of the Fibonacci Sequence that lie all around us in every flower, pinecone or member of the Brassica family of vegetables, or the amazing sequence that is Pascal's Triangle. Ever wondered how our modern numerals evolved? How about how the world first came to discover the Zero? The benefits of Mayan numerals over Roman Numerals? It's all in here, albeit summarised somewhat.
There are a huge number of puzzles, brainteasers and quizzes scattered throughout each section, with all the answers in the back of the book. These help you grasp the concepts behind the information, and give you that little buzz of pleasure when you get them right. Some of them are not at all easy.
Overall, this is a brilliant reference volume for anyone studying, well, basically anything that has a component of maths. I have found applications for some of the information I discovered in this book that I never would have considered before, such as new methods of trend analysis, data encryption and compression, and even network workload-balancing routines... it's all about how the numbers flow, and probability assessment. An excellent book, which should be considered for any child's developing library. If they can get into this at an early age, it will prove very beneficial to them as the years roll on.
Random listing from 'Books'...
Tom Hassler is no ordinary boy. He can fly, for a start, and talk to sea creatures. But can he stop the slaughter of innocent whales and their calves in the Great Southern Ocean? Is he brave enough to stand in front of their harpoons, if that's what it takes?
In the Antarctic, a group of dastardly whale hunters are on the prowl. Tom's amazing grandmother reviews the terrible scenes from the monitoring lab at Castle Hassler. ... more...
All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.
"Are there specially reserved parking spaces for 'fully-abled' people at the Special Olympics?"