My copy of Steven Strogatz’s new book arrived a few weeks ago:
The book is terrific and the math explanations are so accessible that I thought it would be fun to ask my younger son to read the first chapter and get his reactions.
Here’s what he thought and a short list if things that he found interesting:
After that quick introduction we walked through the three things that caught his eye – the first was the proof that the area of a circle is :
Next up was the “riddle of the wall”:
Finally, we talked through a few of the Zeno’s Paradox examples discussed in chapter 1:
I think you can see in the video that Strogatz’s writing is both accessible and interesting to kids. I definitely think that many of the ideas in Infinite Powers will be fun for kids to explore!