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Mathematical Adventures

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Mathematical Adventures
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Mathematical Adventures is a beautiful, lively journey through history that puts the mathematics we do at school in context. Elegantly illustrated and sparingly written, it is suitable for anybody over 10. 

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Readers – and their parents and teachers – will see the origins of the techniques and tasks that they do as part of the curriculum. What often is presented out of context, suddenly will have context. 

Mathematics, like everything else, needs rooting in everyday life, in the excitement of discoveries past, in cultural shifts and past achievements. Taught without that context, there is a danger of the “why-do-we-study-this” question turning students off. Readers of this wonderful book will never be in such danger. Even better, in the later chapters the book opens reader’s minds to the wider wonderful world of mathematics.

This book aspires to give a glimpse into how things started and evolved, and how mathematics can help us from simple measurements to navigating ourselves using mathematically simplified tube maps.

The stories come up roughly in a chronological order and the accompanying activities (some easier and some more challenging ones) aim to get you engaged with what was happening at a given time. There are answers and explanations about all tasks in the end of the book.


  • Ancient Mathematics

  • Hellenistic Mathematics

  • The Egyptians and their Contemporaries

  • Greek Mathematics

  • Hindu-Arabic Mathematics

  • Renaissance Mathematics

  • Early Modern Mathematics

  • Modern Mathematics

A Tarquin Original ISBN 9781907550201

Written by Ioanna Georgiou

Ioanna (transliterated to Yo-Anna) has been teaching mathematics ever since she finished her mathematics degree - and maybe a bit before then! The eternal truth found in mathematics fascinates her, and she has been developing her work around teaching and learning mathematics more widely, including developing resources and being an examiner. After her first degree, she went on to complete a Masters in Mathematics Education. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Chartered Mathematics Teacher.

She subsequently conducted research in Teaching Mathematics through History and Culture and earned an MPhil in Education. Her special interest around the use of history and cultural practices in the mathematics teaching continued and she has been delivering masterclasses and workshops on stories from mathematics for the Royal Institution of Great Britain and also independently. This is her attempt to put some of the stories in a book and hopefully get lots of people excited about how mathematics has been changing over the years.

Illustrated by Asuka Young

Asuka is a self-taught freelance illustrator and Graphic Designer, with a passion for cartoons and all things creative. Asuka has voluntarily taken an active part in the design of marketing materials for some exciting events. And now she is thrilled to be a part of the production for this fantastic educational book, in the hopes to help young people get a glimpse of just where their everyday mathematics content they learn in school actually came from!