The Numberverse addresses the conceptual development of number and shows how to build firm foundations in maths - ideal for use by primary and secondary teachers (of children aged 7-13 years old) or parents who want to inspire their children, but perhaps never enjoyed maths themselves.The Numberverse is especially for people who don't like maths. If you're one of those people who find maths boring, hard, annoying or pointless then The Numberverse is for you to enjoy. It takes you on journey into the world of numbers, which are over our heads, under our feet, and all around us. In the walls and in church arches. In pine cones and petals. Carry on looking and numbers will start jumping out, patterns will appear before your eyes and you will see the secrets of The Numberverse opening up to you. So would you like to know the history of zero? And what people did before zero was invented? And how people got along without fractions and percentages before they were invented? Do we even need them, anyway? It's all in The Numberverse. And you will understand every word of it if you can understand what you are reading now.
It's true: if you can count, and you are curious - well, then you have all the knowledge you need for the journey. If maths has always been a closed book to you, now is the time to turn to the first page. PLEASE NOTE: There is no test ANYWHERE in this book.
Andrew Day has written plays, scripts (for Channel 4 & Working Title), and poems as well as running philosophy sessions in primary schools. He teaches presentation and writing to bankers and lawyers, and through his work with several social enterprises, has worked with a wide variety of people: ex-prisoners, deprived primary schoolchildren, gifted children (sometimes the deprived ones), teenagers excluded from school, foreign students, and people who fit into no category at all.
Contents: Foreword by Robin Ince Introduction This and That Make Ten - Number bonds and operations The Real Deal - Numbers, digits and numerals 1, 2, 3, Lots - The purpose and scope of numbers Two Square Thoughts - The nature of numbers Base Jumping - The decimal system and its alternatives A Jump to the Left ... and a Step to the Right - Place value A Plus Point - Addition and the beginnings of mathematics Don't Drag the Tables - Rote learning The Cocky Chicken - Mathematical knowledge and logic Square Are They? - Shapes and definitions Prime Innit, Sir - Prime numbers Arch Angles - Geometry in art Less to Square - Square numbers This Land is My Land - Area Zero the Hero - The history and development of our number system Squintasticadillion and One - High numbers and the invention of numerical terms Beauty Secrets - The golden section in art and nature A Bit More Than Three - Pi, and the perimeter and area of a circle Inbetweeny Bits - The concept of fractions Half to You - Fractions in everyday language Action Fractions - The practical application of fractions Go Compare - Percentage Your Average Number - Averages - mode, median and mean Our Street - Geometry in the built environment Sets Education - Sets and the individual's number line Stairs Into Space - Estimating , reasoning and dividing Bone Setting - Algebra Voyager - Maths as universal truth Bibliography Acknowledgements