Mathematwist: Number Tales From Around the World


Author: T V Padma
Illustrated by Proiti Roy

9788181463579 | PB | pp. 96 | 2007 | Tulika Publishers

In Mathematwist, fourteen folktales, anecdotes and popular stories from around the world catapult mathematics to a fun sphere!

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What could Caesar’s general have in common with multiplication and weights? Or a Russian waiter with factorials? Or a temple in Hanoi with transposition? A Chinese emperor with Benjamin Franklin and Albrecht Duerer?

This book is a collection of stories from different countries. Each story sets the brain ticking, encouraging problem-solving skills, with a high quotient of fun! And each is followed by a simple explanation of the maths behind the ‘magic’, that dispels the esoteric haze from the subject and makes it accessible. A fascinating collection about mathematics and the world, from a country that has been prominent on the number map from ancient times.


T V Padma
Illustrator: Proiti Roy







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About the Contributors

The author was born in Chennai, a city in the south of India. She moved to the United States to pursue her studies further. She obtained her doctorate degree in oceanography at the College of William and Mary, did postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University and worked at the University of Rhode Island.

The illustrator earned her degree in fine arts from Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan in 1987. In addition to illustrating stories for children, Roy has worked as a graphic designer in advertising and manufacturing, has worked with handicrafts in recycled mediums, and has taught art to children in Kolkata for 12 years. She loves animals and lives with 15 rescued dogs in West Bengal.


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