The Numberverse will take you on a journey into the world of numbers, which are everywhere: over our heads, under our feet, and all around us. This book is designed especially for people who do not like math, so if you are one of those who find math boring, hard, annoying or pointless then this book is for you to enjoy.
First we'll look at stuff you find all around you. Numbers are in the walls and in church arches. In pine cones and petals. Continue looking and numbers will start jumping out at you, patterns will appear before your eyes, and you will see the secrets of The Numberverse opening up to you. And it doesn't stop there. Would you like to know the history of zero and what people did before zero was invented? How did people get 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.
You can't expect to pluck a new topic out of the ether if it seems completely unrelated to any previous knowledge you might have, and the same goes for your students. For primary and secondary teachers to use with children aged 7-13 years, The Numberverse takes you through a series of thought experiments, activities, stories and histories which build the foundations for a deep understanding (and maybe even love!) of math. If math has always been a closed book to you, now is the time to turn to the first page. Also note: there are no tests anywhere in this book.
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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.
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