Math Trek and Math Trek 2 by Ivars Peterson and Nancy Henderson will delight you with their creative perspectives of fascinating math concepts. Now, you can buy both books for the reduced set price of $22.95. See below for details about each book and how to order.
With free-lance writer Nancy Henderson, Science News math writer Ivars Peterson turns his attention to young mathematical minds with MathTrek.
There's a new amusement park in town. Come on in-and find out all the exciting ways you can have fun with math in everyday life. Wander through the fractal forest, take a ride on the Mobius-strip roller coaster, and get dizzy learning about how math makes the Tilt-A-Whirl possible. The more activities you try, the more you'll learn how cool it can be to see the world through the eyes of a mathematician.
Once you've sampled some of the interesting and unique projects in Math Trek, from untangling unknots to winning games with weird dice to figuring out secret codes, you'll see that every trip to the MathZone is an exciting adventure!
--from John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
For children ages 10 and up.
John Wiley & Sons, 2000, 116 pages, 7" x10", paperback
Math Trek 2
Just imagine how much fun it would be to explore the fourth dimension! Play baseball on an asteroid! Ride an alien bike with square wheels! Let Math Trek 2 take you on an intergalactic excursion as you master dizzying mathematical concepts on your home planet of Earth!
While playing games and solving puzzles, you can explore mind-boggling mental mysteries and investigate hidden patterns in the universe. From strange number sequences and bizarre buckyballs to random walks, you'll be amazed at the mathematical concepts you'll soon comprehend. So let Math Trek 2 take you on a fantastic space odyssey where you can look for a pi in the sky, get stuck in galactic gridlock, and sail away to the planet of the shapes!
--from John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Peterson, Science News' mathematics writer, once again teams with Henderson in this follow-up to their first children's book. With an emphasis on the mathematical patterns and shapes that show up in daily life, the authors present a host of fascinating and fun puzzles and games for children age 10 and older. Peterson and Henderson guide readers on odysseys that include looking for pi in the sky, getting stuck in galactic gridlock, and sailing away to the planet of shapes. Tons of graphics make concepts from strange number sequences to random walks easy to grasp. Answers to all the puzzles appear at the back of the book. A solid dose of math history prefaces many sections, helping kids put concepts in context before learning applications.
--from Science News
John Wiley & Sons, 2001, 7" x 10", b&w; photos/illus., 120 pages, paperback
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