Teachable Moment: At first glance, books like this may seem excessive and exaggerated attempts to tease math out of every day objects, but in an era of graphing calculators, math based 3D modeling tools like OpenScad, and vector based drawing tools, books like this provide a great, real world relevance to the underlying math behind complex shapes. It doesn't hurt that it beautifully put together.
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Our full-colour cloudspotting handbook is now available. This beautiful little publication is filled with amazing photographs from society members of all the common cloud types as well as many rare and unusual clouds and optical effects. ‘The Cloud Collector’s Handbook’ has rounded corners so that it will fit into the pocket easily, allowing cloudspotters to identify a huge range of cloud formations and optical effects anytime and anywhere. But it is not just a reference — it is also a game.
Teachable Moment: This little book cleverly crams complex mathematical concepts into a story of a bad dream.... what more can you say? If you find numbers interesting, explore them in a whole new way with the help of this little devil.
Twelve year old Robert fears numbers and hates maths. Then, in his dreams, he meets the Number Devil who introduces him to the amazing and magical world of numbers. This international bestseller is an exciting adventure in learning for both adults and children which will do for mathematics what "Sophie's World" did for philosophy.
To Purchase: The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
Authors: Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Michael Henry Heim
Teachable Moment: Obviously this web site has a soft spot for fun and irreverent teaching and this is probably this math book achieves what most people thought near impossible: make pre-algebra fun and accessible. What more can I say than that my daughter keeps a dog-eared copy as a reference book with her main math textbook?
Last year, actress and math genius Danica McKellar made waves nationwide, challenging the “math nerd” stereotype—and giving girls the tools to ace tests and homework in her unique just-us-girls style. Now, in Kiss My Math, McKellar empowers a new crop of girls—7th to 9th graders—taking on the next level of mathematics: pre-Algebra. Stepping up not only the math, but also the sass and style, Kiss My Math will help math-phobic teenagers everywhere chill out about math, and finally “get” negative numbers, variables, absolute values, exponents, and more.
Teachable Moment: Lets face it, most science books are meant to look good on your shelf (think "A Brief History of Time") or are too subject specific for a broader audience. This book is neither: instead, it's and engaging fun book that interweaves history, physics and teaches about perseverance and the scientific process.
Richard Feynman (1918-1988), winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador -- and much else of an eyebrow-raising nature. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric glory -- a combustible mix of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.