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Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
Book DescriptionMr. Ruche, a Parisian bookseller, receives a bequest from a long lost friend in the Amazon of a vast library of math books, which propels him into a great exploration of the story of mathematics. Meanwhile Max, whose family lives with Mr. Ruche, takes in a voluble parrot who will discuss math with anyone. When Mr. Ruche learns of his friend's mysterious death in a Brazilian rainforest, he decides that with the parrot's help he will use these books to teach Max and his brother and sister the mysteries of Euclid's Elements, Pythagoras's Theorem and the countless other mathematical wonders. But soon it becomes clear that Mr. Ruche has inherited the library for reasons other than enlightenment, and before he knows it the household is racing to prevent the parrot and vital, new theorems from falling into the wrong hands. An immediate bestseller when first published in France, The Parrot's Theorem charmingly combines a straightforward history of mathematics and a first-rate murder mystery.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312303020
Paperback / softback
(140mm x 213mm x 23mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Denis Guedj
Measure of the World, Hardback (October 2001)
On June 24, 1792, two large travelling coaches left the Tuileries, one for Dunkirk and the other for Barcelona. Their passengers, Pierre Mechain and Jean-Baptiste Delambre, were astronomers charged by the French revolutionary government with devising one universal unit of measure.
Numbers, Paperback (February 1998)» View all books by Denis Guedj
This volume describes the basic principles of numbers - arithmetic, whole numbers, natural numbers and the concepts of zero and infinity. It examines: how old numbers are and how they were developed; who invented algebra, geometry and calculus; and how these ideas affect our daily lives.
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Author Biography - Denis Guedj
Denis Guedj is Professor of the History of Science at Paris VIII University. He has spent many years devising courses and games to teach adults and children math. He is the author of Numbers: The Universal Language.
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