The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Math for Kids: Volume 4

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Math for Kids: Volume 4 : Fun Math Games and Activities Inspired by Awesome Mathematicians, Past and Present; with 20+ Illustrated Biographies of Amazing Mathematicians from Around the World

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Math for Kids, the fourth book of The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series, brings math to life through biography and creative engagement.

Go beyond counting. Solve puzzles, learn a magic trick, and play a ton of games.

This engaging guide offers a series of snapshots of 20+ mathematicians, from ancient history through today, paired with related hands-on projects perfect for a kitchen or a classroom. Each lab tells the story of a mathematician along with some background about the importance of their work, and a description of where it is still being used or reflected in today's world.

A step-by-step illustrated game or activity paired with each story offers kids an opportunity to engage directly with concepts the mathematicians pursued, or are working on today. Experiments range from very simple projects using materials you probably already have on hand, to more complicated ones that may require a few inexpensive items you can purchase online. Just a few of the incredible people and scientific concepts you'll explore:

Hypatia (b. ~350-370)
Square Wheels

Florence Nightingale (b. 1820)
Pizza Pie Charts

Emmy Noether (b. 1882)
Fabulous Folding Flexagons

Ron Graham (b. 1935)
Fibbonacci Spiral

Fan Chung (b. 1949)
Corners and Edges and Faces! Oh my!

With this fascinating, hands-on exploration of the history of mathematics, inspire the next generation of great mathematicians.
Dig into even more incredible science history from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series with: Chemistry for Kids, Biology for Kids, Physics for Kids, and Ecology for Kids.
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Product details

  • 9-11
  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 9.91mm | 540g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 250+ color images
  • 0760373116
  • 9780760373118
  • 1,176,987

Table of contents

Foreword by Liz Heinecke, The Kitchen Pantry Scientist

Hypatia: Square Wheels
Maryam Mirzakhani: Straight Edge, Curved Slot
J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.: Building Buildings
Fan Chung: Corners and Edges and Faces! Oh My!

John Conway: Dots & Boxes
Federico Ardila: Pigeons Love Holes
Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mancala
Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi: Awesome Algebra

Grace Hopper: Binary Bracelet
Mary Everest Boole: Stitching Everest
Ron Graham: Fibonacci Spiral
Jennifer McLoud-Mann: Shape-Shifting

Gertrude Mary Cox: Bars, Short and Tall
Mary Cartwright: Organized Chaos
Florence Nightingale: Pizza Pie Charts
David Blackwell: Always Bet on Math
Nalini Joshi: The Three Boxes Problem

Recreational Math:
Persi Diaconis: Mathematical Magic
George Boole: The Princess's Puzzles
Emmy Noether: Fabulous Folding Flexagons
Martin Gardner: A Heap of Hexagons

Final Project:
Shing-Tung Yau: Alien City

Hints and Solutions
About the Authors
About the Illustrator
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As a math teacher, I know that sometimes we just can't learn a concept unless we see it in action. Rapoport and Chung's book brings math into life with easy-to-build demonstrations. I can't wait to implement these in my classroom!--Sarah Thomas, Secondary Mathematics Teacher, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (Denver, CO)
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About Rebecca Rapoport

Rebecca Rapoport holds degrees in mathematics from Harvard University and Michigan State. From her first job out of college, as one of the pioneers of Harvard's Internet education offerings, she has been passionate about encouraging her love for math in others. As an early contributor to both retail giant and Akamai Technologies, the number one firm in cloud computing, Rapoport played a key role in several elements of the Internet revolution. She then returned to her first love, education, as an innovator of new methods to introduce children and adults to the critically important world of STEAM education as COO of an enrichment center dedicated to helping kids explore the creative side of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and is currently developing and teaching innovative math curricula in the Boston area. Rapoport is also the co-author of Math Games Lab for Kids (published by Quarry Books), a book of fun, hands-on math activities designed to introduce elementary and middle-school students to several areas of higher math; and the calendars Mathematics: Your Daily Epsilon of Math 2021, Mathematics: Your Daily Epsilon of Math 2020, Mathematics 2019: Your Daily Epsilon of Math, and The Mathematics Calendar 2018, all published by Rock Point. She has an Erdoes number of 2.
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