G is for Googol: Math Alphabet Book

G is for Googol: Math Alphabet Book

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By (author) David Schwarz, By (author) Marissa Moss, By (author) David Schwartz, Illustrated by Marissa Moss

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  • Publisher: TEN SPEED PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 56 pages
  • Dimensions: 218mm x 279mm x 10mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley CA
  • ISBN 10: 1883672589
  • ISBN 13: 9781883672584
  • Illustrations note: col
  • Sales rank: 69,640

Product description

Wait a minute--this isn't your everyday, ho-hum math book. Where else can you find A is for Abacus, B is for Binary, N is for Nature, and W is for "When are we ever gonna use this stuff, anyway?" This book will surely delight readers with noggins for numbers, but David Schwartz's trademark wit and Marissa Moss's quirky pictures will also beckon even the most math phobic.

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Author information

DAVID SCHWARTZ is the author of 50 children's books, including G IS FOR GOOGOL and Q IS FOR QUARK. He is a frequent guest speaker at schools in the US abroad. He lives with his wife-and co-author-YAEL SCHY in Oakland, California. Marissa Moss was an honors math student and the only girl on her school math team. She is the creator of the Amelia's Notebook Series, RACHEL'S JOURNAL, and REGINA'S BIG MISTAKE, among others. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

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The Children's Book Council's "Not Just for Children Anymore!" 2002 selection. 1999 ALA Notable Children's Book 1999 ABC Choices Award 1999 Children's Bookseller's Choice 1998 Smithsonian Notable Book for Children "An enchanting alphabet book that will make its audience laught out loud....A terrific title to instruct and entertain." "School Library Journal", Starred Review "An asset to anyone who wants to make science fun." - starred review "Library Talk" magazine "Will appeal to curious readers . . . who like to laugh while learning." - "Sacramento Bee " "A primer [that] excels at explaining the concepts that science textbooks often make incomprehensible." - "San Diego Union-Tribune" "Fun, fascinating, and appealing to math mavens and math phobics alike." - "Creative Classroom" magazine

Editorial reviews

Readers who have so far successfully resisted the math curse will find themselves deftly ensorcelled by this alphabetic tally of mathematics concepts. Between "A Is For Abacus" and "Z Is For Zillion," Schwartz (If You Made a Million, 1989, etc.) takes on binary calculations, units of measurement, exponents, observable phenomena from tessellation to Fibonacci numbers, puzzles, polygons, probability and, for W, "When are we ever gonna use this stuff, anyway?" (His answer: "At school, at home, at play, and at work. Any other questions?") Each topic gets several paragraphs of breezy, accessible discussion, illustrated with labeled, freely drawn ink-and-watercolor figures and supplemented by a large glossary. Despite a few disputes - some say it is indeed possible to create a Klein bottle - and some too-brief definitions, this overview convinces readers that math is pervasive, inescapable, huge - and never just egghead territory. (Kirkus Reviews)

Table of contents

Contents A is for Abacus . . . 5 B is for Binary . . . 6 C is for Cubit . . . 8 D is for Diamond . . . 10 E is for Equilateral . . . 11 E is also for Exponent . . . 12 F is for Fibonacci . . . 14 G is for Googol . . . 16 G is also for Googolplex . . . 17 H is for Hundred . . . 18 I is for “If” . . . 19 J is for Jupiter . . . 20 K is for Königsberg . . . 22 L is for Light-Year . . . 24 M is for Möbius Strip . . . 26 N is for Nature . . . 28 O is for Obtuse . . . 30 P is for Probability . . . 32 Q is for Quantity--and Quality . . . 36 R is for Rhombicosidodecahedron . . . 37 S is for Symmetry . . . 39 T is for Tessellate . . . 41 U is for Unit . . . 43 V is for Venn Diagram . . . 44 W is for “When are we ever gonna use this stuff, anyway?” . . . 48 X is for x . . . 50 Y is for y-axis . . . 52 Z is for Zillion . . . 54 Glossary . . . 55