A Quick History of Maths

From Counting Cavemen to Big Data

Clive Gifford, illustrated by Michael Young
AUD $19.99
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43,000 years of mathematical discoveries packed into one book ... plus lots of jokes.

Maths + history + jokes - boring bits = A Quick History of Maths. This book begins around 43,000 years ago with a notched baboon leg, the Lebombo bone (the very first mathematical object in the world) and rushes us past Hindu numerals and the invention of zero, via Pythagoras, Pascal and probability, right up to the present day, with big data and the maths that rules our digital lives. Geometri-cool! You will discover:

How to count on your fingers (there are more ways than you might think!)
Why we have 60 seconds in a minute (hint: it's to do with the ancient Babylonians)
How to count like an Egyptian (using hieroglyphs)
Why it's hip to be square using square numbers
A Pythagorean party trick
The naked truth of Archimedes' bath time mathematics
How to do matha-magic with magic squares …and much more.

In chronological order from pre-history to present day, this is the story of maths itself. It's 43,000 years of human mathematical endeavour squeezed into one book for your reading pleasure. Illustrated with funny cartoons and packed with fascinating facts, you'll be laughing and learning how to be a better mathematician.

Author bio:

Clive Gifford has travelled to more than 70 countries, climbed rocket launch towers, ridden on robots and flown gliders. Hes had more than 200 books published and received nominations for or won Royal Society, School Library Association, Smithsonian and TES awards. He won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts 2019 for his title The Colours of History (QED). Clive lives in Manchester, UK. Michael Young is an illustrator and animator from Perth, Western Australia.

Category: Young adult non-fiction
ISBN: 9780711249011
Publisher: Quarto UK
Imprint: Wide Eyed Editions
Pub Date: March 2020
Page Extent: 128
Format: Paperback
Age: 8 - 12
Subject: Young adult non-fiction