String, Straight-edge and Shadow

The Story of Geometry

Julia E. Diggins; Illustrated by Corydon Bell

Price:
£9.99
Availability:
Not yet published - due 15 Jun 2018

Quick Look

  • An insightful and engaging book which makes geometry accessible to everyone
  • Explores how humans used only three simple tools – the string, the straight-edge and the shadow – to discover the basic principles of geometry
  • Weaves history and legend to explain the discoveries of the most famous mathematicians
  • Visually engaging with over 100 illustrations

This engaging book weaves history and legend to explain the story of geometry and the discoveries of the most famous mathematicians. A useful and inspiring book for those teaching geometry.

Format:
paperback
Size:
245 x 190 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Steiner-Waldorf Education; Philosophy of the Natural World
Illustrations:
112 b/w illustrations
Extent:
160 pages
ISBN:
9781782504986
Publication date:
15 Jun 2018

Description

From the early peoples who marvelled at the geometry of nature -- the beehive and bird's nest -- to ancient civilisations who questioned beautiful geometric forms and asked 'why?', the story of geometry spans thousands of years.

Using only three simple tools -- the string, the straight-edge and the shadow -- human beings revealed the basic principles and constructions of elementary geometry. Weaving history and legend, this fascinating book reconstructs the discoveries of mathematics's most famous figures. Through illustrations and diagrams, readers are able to follow the reasoning that lead to an ingenious proof of the Pythagorean theorem, an appreciation of the significance of the Golden Mean in art and architecture, or the construction of the five regular solids.

This insightful and engaging book makes geometry accessible to everyone. Readers will be fascinated with how the knowledge and wisdom of so many cultures helped shape our civilisation today.

String, Straight-edge and Shadow is also a useful and inspiring book for those teaching geometry in Steiner-Waldorf classrooms.

Author

Julia E. Diggins studied mathematics and psychology in Washington, DC. While teaching mathematics in junior high school, she was awarded grants by the National Science Foundation and worked with members of the Maryland University Mathematics Project on the preparation of a new curriculum. She taught 'modern' mathematics for elementary school teachers at the University of Maryland, USA.

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