The Boy Who Loved Math

The Boy Who Loved Math

The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

By Deborah Heiligman; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596433076, 37pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

Description

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn't learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made "Uncle Paul" a great man.
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2013 A "New York Times Book Review "Notable Children's Book of 2013.



About the Author
Deborah Heiligman is the author of "Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith", a National Book Award finalist and winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. She has written more than twenty books for children, most of them nonfiction. She graduated from Brown University, and started her writing career working for "Scholastic News Explorer", the classroom magazine. She loved this job, but left when she had children and wanted to be home with them, and then she started writing her books. She is married to Jonathan Weiner, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for "The Beak of the Finch".

LEUYEN PHAM worked in animation before turning to children s books. She wrote and illustrated "Big Sister, Little Sister" and is the illustrator of numerous other picture books. Ms. Pham lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband.


Praise For The Boy Who Loved Math

"Erdos’s unconventional brilliance shines through on every page, and extensive author and illustrator notes (including Pham’s explanations of the mathematical concepts she works into each illustration) will delight readers with even a fraction of Erdos’s interest in math." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"An exuberant and admiring portrait introduces the odd, marvelously nerdy, way cool Hungarian-born itinerant mathematical genius." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 "An infinitely creative and entertaining book." -- The Horn Book 

"Pair this with Don Brown’s Odd Boy Out (BCCB 10/04) to compare genius eccentricities, or hand it to middle-grade lovers of math puzzles—opened to the notes." -- BCCB