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Mathematicians are People Too: Vol 1: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians [Paperback]

Luetta Reimer , Wilbert Reimer
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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Seymour (Dale) Publications,U.S. (1 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0866515097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0866515092
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mathematicians are People Too: Vol 1 Volume One focuses on moments of mathematical discovery experienced by Thales, Pythagoras, Hypatia, Galileo, Pascal, and others. Volume Two dramatizes the lives of Omar Khayyam, Albert Einstein, Ada Lovelace, and others. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mathematician are people too 7 Mar 2012
By maths25
An excellent read. Written for children it tells the story of the lives of a selection of famous mathematicians. This is a history of maths book with a difference. Yes there is some maths, but nothing that you need a degree to understand. The focus is on the the person rather than the maths.

Whilst I would recommend this book for a child, I would recommend it to Mathematics Teachers even more!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Minds 9 April 2002
By Marjorie Alley - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a former math major, and I loved these books! I used both volumes about six years ago, when I was homeschooling our youngest son. If I were teaching math in an elementary or middle school, I would try to incorporate these two volumes of biographies into the curriculum.
I especially liked that the Reimers included stories of women mathematicians. In my experience, far too many girls give up on math at an early age, and it's important for them to have role models. In fact, few kids of EITHER gender can picture themselves as mathematicians. Before the movie A Beautiful Mind, would an average child have been able to name even one famous mathematician?
The chapter titles are very catchy, which is important for children, especially since many of them approach the subject with a negative attitude.
Because of the confusion in the two titles, I am listing the publishing information for each volume, along with the table of contents. I wish the Reimers would do a third volume!
Mathematicians Are People, Too (Volume I)
By Luetta and Wilmer Reimer
1990 Dale Seymour Publications
ISBN 0-86651-509-7
Mathematicians Are People, Too (Volume II)
By Luetta and Wilmer Reimer
1995 Dale Seymour Publications
ISBN 0-86651-823-1
****** VOLUME I:******
Pyramids, Olives, and Donkeys. Thales
The Teacher Who Paid His Student. Pythagoras
The Man Who Concentrated Too Hard. Archimedes
A Woman of Courage. Hypatia
Magician or Mathematician? John Napier
Seeing Isn't Believing. Galileo Galilei
Count on Pascal. Blaise Pascal
The Short Giant. Isaac Newton
The Blind Man Who Could See. Leonhard Euler
The Professor Who Did Not Know. Joseph Louis Lagrange
Mathematics at Midnight. Sophie Germain
The Teacher Who Learned a Lesson. Carl Friedrich Gauss
"Don't Let My Life Be Wasted!" Evariste Galois
Life on an Obstacle Course. Emmy Noether
Numbers Were His Greatest Treasure. Srinivasa Ramanujan
******* VOLUME II:*******
There's Only One Road. Euclid
A Fortune Shared. Omar Khayyam
Lean on the Blockhead. Leonard of Pisa (Fibonacci)
The Conceited Hypochondriac. Girolamo Cardano
The Stay-in-Bed Scholar. Rene Descartes
An Amateur Becomes a Prince. Pierre de Fermat
The Gift of Sympathy. Maria Agnesi
The Shy Sky Watcher. Benjamin Banneker
The Computer's Grandfather. Charles Babbage
The Mystery of X and Y. Mary Somerville
The Overlooked Genius. Neils Abel
Conducting the Computer Symphony. Ada Lovelace
The Lessons on the Wall. Sonya Kovalevsky
The Compass Points the Way. Albert Einstein
The Master Problem Solver. George Polya
Marjorie Alley
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL DUET OF BOOKS 2 Mar 2000
By Naomi Williams - Published on Amazon.com
It's hard to tell from the titles, but there are 2 volumes of this book; I think this is volume 1. Each volume has 15 short stories about famous mathematicians, suitable for any age from (I'm guessing) 8 to adult. I've been reading these stories for family reading, and my 11 year old son is actually excited about geometry! After reading about Pascal, we did some internet research about cycloids and hypocycloids; more commonly known as the figures that can be drawn with a Spirograph. Volume One has chapters on the following people: Thales, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Hypatia, Napier, Galileo, Pascal, Newton, Euler, Lagrange, Germain, Gauss, Galois, Noether and Ramanujan. Volume 2 covers Euclid, Khayyam, Fibonacci, Cardano, Descartes, Fermat, Agnesi, Banneker, Babbage, Somerville, Abel, Lovelace, Kovalevsky, Einstein and Polya. I highly recommend this book for increasing a child's (or an adult's) interests in the fields of math, geometry, physics and philosophy. I wish there was a Volume Three!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a read-aloud 21 Dec 2004
By M. Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
This books is excellent for a read-aloud to your children about ages 7 or 8 to 12. (10 and up or so could read on their own.) I read a chapter aloud each week to my children, and when I felt they'd understand a mathematical principle, I would try to explain that to them as well. No, it's not going to teach them a ton of math, but it does build excitement and interest for math and it makes math seem more personable. And I really like it that they include famous women mathematicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teach your children to love Math the fun way 4 Mar 2002
By Wendy E. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
We have had such a great time with this book. We have read it at night as a family then done some hands on experiments with the different storys theorys. We built our own pyramids from legos and measured them and their shadows to study about thales. We have done gravity with Galileo and Newton and learned about the stars with them as well.
Great book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for many ages and topics in math and science 4 Jan 2007
By Peach Powel - Published on Amazon.com
Mathematicians are People, Too has been a wonderful tool in introducing and enriching so many topics. There is a lot of useful information in this book and I have used it for both science and math lessons from the Pythagorean Theorem to density to women in the sciences, just to name a few.

The stories about real mathematicians brings a personal side to math and science and the reading of the stories brings added interest and diversity to the lessons.
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