You Can Count on Monsters

You Can Count on Monsters Cover

You Can Count on Monsters

The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters

By Richard Evan Schwartz

AK Peters, Paperback, 9781568815787, 244pp.

Publication Date: January 23, 2010

Using a unique teaching tool designed to motivate kids to learn, this volume visually explores the concepts of factoring and the role of prime and composite numbers. The playful and colorful monsters are designed to give children (and even older audiences) an intuitive understanding of the building blocks of numbers and the basics of multiplication. The introduction and appendices can also help adult readers answer questions about factoring from their young audience. The artwork is crisp and creative and the colors are bright and engaging, making this volume a welcome deviation from standard math texts.

CRC Press Author and NPR's Math Guy Keith Devlin spoke with Scott Simon about how the book makes finding prime numbers fun.

"This is one of the most amazing math books for kids I have ever seen," Devlin says. "Great colors, it's wonderful, and yet because Schwartz] knows the mathematics, he very skillfully and subtly embeds mathematical ideas into the drawings.

About the Author
Richard Evan Schwartz is professor of mathematics at Brown University and the author of "Spherical CR Geometry and Dehn Surgery" (Princeton).

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