Peculiar Deaths of Famous Mathematicians

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Peculiar Deaths of Famous Mathematicians
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Getting and keeping teens interest in mathematics is vital to their future. But how, when there are so many dreary textbooks and repetitive curriculum requirements? Covering everything that they need to know is about all a school can do.

What approach would work, when there are million other things for them to do?

Ioanna Georgiou and Asuka Young have come up with a novel approach that is based on stories from history – with a twist! Peculiar Deaths combines short stories about key mathematicians from the past and how they died, with details of the mathematical advances that they made. But one of the deaths is made up – but which one?

  • Can Beans Kill You? - Pythagoras 

  • Death by Square Root - Hippasus 

  • You should not be Disturbing my Circles! - Archimedes

  • What? A Woman Mathematician? Die! - Hypatia

  • A bit of Gambling Killed No-one, Ever - Gerolamo Cardano 

  • A Very Rich Way to Die - Tycho Brahe 

  • Death by Time Calculation - Abraham De Moivre 

  • Just a Bit Too Young - Evariste Galois 

  • At the Mental Asylum - Andre Bloch 

  • Self-imposed Starvation and other Difficulties - Kurt Gödel

Funny and enjoyable stories, with visual puzzles throughout

A great way to learn about mathematics of the past, and for students age 13 and over to enjoy learning and understand key concepts. Perfect for libraries, clubs and as prizes too.

It’s tough to keep children reading about mathematics, especially those who are not already motivated. Tarquin has over 50 years experience of making mathematics fun for young and old. This book is an excellent addition to our list.


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Paper ISBN 9781913565701

Ebook ISBN 9781913565718

Mathematics is fundamental to tomorrow’s world - keeping students engaged is vital.

Who died? How? What’s the answer to the puzzle? Keep them motivated to the end…and they will learn the mathematical advances of the past! 

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Written by Ioanna Georgiou

Ioanna (possible pronunciation Yo-Anna) is a mathematics educator who finds story telling a fascinating way to communicate mathematical ideas from the times they were emerging. Turning to stories of the past, with lively characters full of resilience and determination gives a rather comprehensive glimpse of what maths has been doing for us possibly ever since early humans started counting. Ioanna has been using these ideas in her teaching, masterclasses and workshops. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a Chartered Mathematics Teacher and of course author of “Mathematical Adventures!

Illustrated by Asuka Young

Asuka (pronounced As-ka) is an illustrator practicing in the field of cartoons and Comic book art, fascinated by the impact and clarity that imagery can provide to a story. She graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2018 with a 1st honours degree in BA Applied Art. She then worked as the illustrator for Ioanna's previous book: ‘Mathematical Adventures!’, and has artistically contributed to the marketing promotion of various other events. Asuka is thrilled to be able to bring Ioanna’s passion for maths and her mathematical stories to life using lively and fun characters.

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