Literature for the Classroom: Early Years and Primary
This guide has been created to highlight good quality fiction to be integrated across curriculum F-12. Myth and Legend are included. Some Non-Fiction titles have also been included to support National Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities.
Reality Conditions: Short Mathematical Fiction by Alex Kasman
Publication Date: 2005
Where can you… …hear an old man in a nursing home tell of how he disproved Goldbach's Conjecture as part of an undergraduate research project? … get inside the mind of James Clerk Maxwell as he discovers electro-magnetic waves? …witness the 19th century's greatest mathematician finally get the credit she was denied by sexism and murder? In "Reality Conditions," a collection of short stories spanning a variety of genres, you can share in these and other fictional mathematical experiences. Each story is a mathematical journey designed to entertain, educate and tantalize. There is something here for everyone: humor, drama, the little details to the big picture, science fiction to true histories. Source: www.amazon.com
Classic of science (and mathematical) fiction describes the journeys of A. Square and his adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions). A. Square also entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions — a revolutionary idea for which he is banished from Spaceland.
My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. Source: USC catalogue record
Crimes and Mathdemeanors by Leith Hathout
A collection of short detective stories for young adults who are interested in applying high school level mathematics and physics to solving mysteries. The main character is Ravi, a 14-year-old math genius who helps the local police solve cases. Each chapter is a detective story with a mathematical puzzle at its core that Ravi is able to solve. The author invites the reader to solve the case on his or her own and then explains the mathematics used to find the solution to the puzzle. Source: www.amazon.com