Mathematicians are People, Too

From my bookshelf comes a very easy to read book about the history of Mathematics. Mathematicians are People, Too is a delightful book written by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer (1990).

The stories are interesting, well written, and have great  illustrations. The reading level would be appropriate for many secondary school students and some upper primary school kids as well.

I particularly like the first story about Thales, titled “Pyramids, Olives, and Donkeys”.

Thales of Miletus – illustration by David V. Black

Chapters from the book could be read to a whole class, or set as a reading – comprehension assignment. Here is my assignment for Chapter 1.

I highly recommend this book to teachers to help give their students a greater interest in, and hopefully a love of Mathematics.

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About webmaths

I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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