What could Caesar’s general have in common with multiplication and weights? Or a Russian waiter with factorials? Or a temple in Hanoi with transposition? A Chinese emperor with Benjamin Franklin and Albrecht Duerer?
Mathematwist: number tales from around the world is a collection of folktales, anecdotes and popular stories from different countries. Each story sets the brain ticking, encouraging problem-solving skills, with a high quotient of fun! And each is followed by a simple explanation of the maths behind the ‘magic’, that dispels the esoteric haze from the subject and makes it accessible. A fascinating collection about mathematics and the world, from a country that has been prominent on the number map from ancient times.
The author writes for children as T.V. Padma and for adults and young adults as Padma Venkatraman. A post-doctorate from the John Hopkins University, USA, she now teaches at the University of Rhode Island, USA. Her poems have been published in India, the USA and UK. When not writing, she likes to hike, swim, read, do yoga, ski cross-country, play the veena or play table tennis. This is her second yoga book with Tulika after The Forbidden Temple: stories from the past, a collection of history stories.
Proiti Roy studied at Rabindranath Tagore’s famous art college, Kala Bhavan in Shantiniketan, near Kolkata. Among her acclaimed books with Tulika are The Snow-King’s Daughter, In Bon Bibi’s Forest and Bulbuli’s Bamboo.