Back of Book:
Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn’t learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made “Uncle Paul” a great man.
In honor of Pi Day I wanted to read a story that was about math. This was easier said than done. Then I found The Boy Who Loved Math. This is a well written story about one brilliant man’s love of all things mathematical. The story follows the Paul Erodos from the ag of 4 to his death. It discusses his love of numbers and creating equations. It also discusses the issues that he faced with completing simple tasks like buttering his bread. My students enjoyed learning about a man who loved numbers so much.
Ages 5 and up