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How Amazing (Cambridge Primary Mathematics)
How Amazing (Cambridge Primary Mathematics)
by Charles Snape
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Array of Mathematical Puzzles and Posers, 14 Jan 2012
This slim publication contains an attractively designed collection of mathematical mysteries with the theme of the maze as a starting point.
There are legendary myths and fables, art, architecture, knots, games and investigations.
Highlights include network problems inspired by Euler, Celtic knot patterns and plenty of maze-based puzzles.


How Puzzling
How Puzzling
by Snape
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect and Pictorial Plethora of Puzzles, 14 Jan 2012
This review is from: How Puzzling (Paperback)
This thin tome is one of a series of four pictorial mathematical books which engage the reader immediately any page is opened with an array of puzzles, problems and investigational activities.
Apart from looking back to the Babylonians and Greeks, the authors look at the relatively recent Rubik Cube which has over 43000000000000000000 possible arrangements of its component cubes.
Highlights include puzzles by Lewis Carroll, Chinese tangram and Eggram puzzles, and interesting exercises in topology.


Think of a Number
Think of a Number
by Johnny Ball
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Mathematics Memorable and Marvellous, 14 Jan 2012
This review is from: Think of a Number (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book that draws the reader in and keeps them hooked. It is suitable for anyone interested in mathematics and is likely to convert those who aren't!
It is superbly presented and is split into four (2 squared and also 2 + 2) sections; The origin of numbers, Magic numbers, Shapes and The World of Maths. The illustrations, diagrams and photos complement the text immensely. Highlights include the section on big numbers which includes the number of sand grains needed to fill the Universe, the entry on Pi (recently worked out to 1.24 trillion decimal places!), the feature on polygons, the pages on the 5 Platonic solids and the brilliant article on the art of maths which includes art by Escher, Carpaccio and Holbein.


Illustrated Dictionary of Maths (Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries)
Illustrated Dictionary of Maths (Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries)
by Kirsteen Rogers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every School should have this Book!, 14 Jan 2012
This is an indispensable and most attractively produced mathematical reference book. It explains over 500 (half a thousand!) maths terms, contains over 300 diagrams and utilises over 100 worked examples. It includes useful links to websites to allow further study of each subject.
It is split into the four subject areas of Number, Shape, space and measures, Algebra and Handling data.
Some highlights for me are the entries on tessellation, symmetry, probability, solids and sets. A must for every maths co-ordinator, school library, maths department reference section and staff room.


How Many?
How Many?
by Charles Snape
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Mathematics, 13 Jan 2012
This review is from: How Many? (Paperback)
This is a thin but attractively (50% colour pages) produced book on number which is partly reference and partly puzzle. It is suitable for children from about the age of 10 upwards and includes material that would be challenging for much older students.
It commences as a brief history of counting and aspects of number such as recording and explains why most number systems are based on 10.
Interesting facts are the definition of such numbers as a 'googol' (not google!) and googolplex. Fascinating puzzles on number, including geometric ones, and cryptarithms make this book a most educative and entertaining read.


The Second Multiplication Tables Colouring Book: Solve the Puzzle Pictures While Learning Your Tables
The Second Multiplication Tables Colouring Book: Solve the Puzzle Pictures While Learning Your Tables
by Hilary McElderry
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Coloring and Learning at the same time!, 13 Jan 2012
After a wait of eight (1 x 8, 2 x 4, 4 x 2, 8 x 1)years, another creative colouring book has arrived which helps students to learn their tables in a far more enjoyable way than rote learning. Terms such as multiples, factors and prime numbers are gently introduced along the way and these books are a boon for learning and refreshing tables, especially the tricky ones such as 7 x 7. (49)


The Multiplication Tables Colouring Book: Solve the Puzzle Pictures While Learning Your Tables (Back to fundamentals)
The Multiplication Tables Colouring Book: Solve the Puzzle Pictures While Learning Your Tables (Back to fundamentals)
by Hilary McElderry
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colouring and Learning at the same time!, 13 Jan 2012
While colouring in all the multiples of a particular number from 2 to 12, the colourist ends up with an attractive picture or pattern and learns their tables in a different way to chanting and the dreaded Friday morning tests.


Numbers: Facts, Figures and Fiction
Numbers: Facts, Figures and Fiction
by Richard Phillips
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Numerical Nourishment, 13 Jan 2012
This is a superb aid to mathematics teachers who wish to enthuse and enthrall their students and for all those who wish to have a reference book about number which is easy on the eye, easy to understand buut never light-weight, and always entertaining.
This book which had a period out of print is extremely well illustrated with photos and diagrams. It usually has two full A4 pages on every number up to 13, a page on the numbers from 14 to 42 and then a generous paragraph on every number from 43 to 200.
There is then a fact on every number from 201 to 999; and then information on a few large numbers such as 666, 1000 and 1729.
This is a most attractive and informative book.


The Lion Classic Aesop's Fables (Lion Classic Series)
The Lion Classic Aesop's Fables (Lion Classic Series)
by Margaret McAllister
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.61

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable Aesop, 13 Jan 2012
This is a superbly illustrated and entertainingly written version of 28 classic Aesop fables. The stunning drawings should not detract from the wonderfully written fables. They range from the well-known 'The Boy who cried Wolf' to the lesser-known 'The Clown and the Countryman'.


The Oxford guide to word games
The Oxford guide to word games
by Tony AUGARDE
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Educational, 5 Jan 2012
This is a most comprehensive guide to all kinds of word games and word play. The author gives a detailed explanation of the origins of word games and also includes many entertaining examples. Topics covered include pangrams, chronograms, lipograms (not a surgical procedure!) and anagrams. Well-known people referenced in the text include Betjeman, Lewis Carroll, Pepys, Coward, Jane Austin, Chaucer, Churchill and Wilde. There is an excellent bibliography of well over sixty sources.
Some examples from the book are as follows:

Chronograms - poems and texts in which all words must include one of the seven letters used as Roman numerals.
Example:-LorD haVe MerCy In oXforD. (James Hilton collected 38411 chronograms!)

Beheadments - the first letter is removed from a word.
Example:- A professor wanted to meet his CLASSES,
His male students wanted to meet his LASSES,
The professor warned that no study and all play would make them ASSES!

Doublets - change one letter at a time to turn one word to another.
Example:- WINTER to SUMMER
Winter
Winder
Wander
Warder
Harder
Harper
Hamper
Hammer
Hummer
Summer


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