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Mathematicians Are People, Too, Volume Two
Author: Luetta Reimer and Wilbert Reimer
Illustrator: Rachel Gage
Publisher: Dale Seymour Publications
Copyright: 1995
ISBN: 0-86651-823-1
Number of Pages: 154
Ohio Standards Alignment: Grades 6–12

This book is a collection of short stories of the lives of famous mathematicians, including Euclid, Khayyam, Fibonacci, Cardano, Descartes, Fermat, Agnesi, Banneker, Babbage, Somerville, Abel, Lovelace, Kovalevsky, Einstein, and Polya. The stories are about 10 pages in length and can easily be shared in a classroom setting.  Each story describes the personal life of the individual and the background behind the discovery of the mathematical ideas. There is a glossary of terms in the back of the book and a list of resources. The book also provides suggestions for teachers, including a list of topics and the stories that correspond. Geometry, for example, is highlighted in the stories about Euclid, Fibonacci, Descartes, Fermat, Agnesi, and Khayyam.

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How to Use This Book

  • I have used this book when introducing a topic with my high school mathematics students. I have had them read a story, answer questions that I created for them, and then discuss as a class the historical references.
  • This book could also be used as an introduction to a topic or to give historical insight into where the mathematics originated. It cannot be used alone to teach a concept but is a nice supplementary resource for teachers and students to make a mathematical topic more interesting.
  • This book could be used if an assignment was given to research a mathematician or do a historical report.

Highlights and Insights

  • This book is important to the study of mathematics because it provides background for students into who discovered a topic or originated the idea. It also provides context as to the types of people who have worked in the field of mathematics.
  • This book would be good to use in an interdiciplinary unit to link language arts and mathematics. It encourages students to read about mathematics and mathematicians.
  • Teachers will need to do additional research into the mathematical topics because the book does not go into enough detail. For example, it mentions the Fibonacci sequence but does not go into much discussion of the sequence.

Related ORC Resources

The Fibonacci Series
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ORC# 1495
Resource Information
Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades 5–7
Professional Commentary: In this lesson, students explore the Fibonacci series. They identify the pattern among the Fibonacci numbers, look for applications of these numbers, and explore the ways that this pattern can be related to objects and shapes in both the natural and designed world....
Fibonacci Nim 1: Number Representations
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ORC# 10341
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades 8–9
Professional Commentary: This lesson reinforces understanding of place value by having students find numeral representations in bases other than 10. Students learn the repeated subtraction and repeated division methods for converting a decimal number N to a numeral in base b, provided b is an integer other than -1, 0, or 1....
Fun with Baseball Stats
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ORC# 1151
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades 6–8
Professional Commentary: This lesson capitalizes on students' interest in sports to integrate instruction on fractions, decimals, percents, rounding, Cartesian coordinates, probability, and statistics. Students create their own game board using baseball card statistics and then play a simulated baseball game....
Cartesian Coordinate System
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ORC# 5079
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Resource Type: Content Supports
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades 6–8
Professional Commentary: The applets at this site produce graphs from tables of data, from function equations, or both. Working with these applets provides students additional practice in connecting graphs with other forms of function representation....
Tracing Time
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ORC# 10130
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Resource Type: Content Supports -- Activities and rich problems
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades 11–12
Professional Commentary: Several interrelated problems are posed to students. All involve the minute and hour hands of a clock and the path traced by the midpoint of the segment connecting the ends of the hands. Students begin by assuming that both hands are the same length and that the clock runs properly and shows the correct time....

Ohio Standards

Number, Number Sense and Operations Standard

Measurement Standard

Geometry and Spatial Sense Standard

Patterns, Functions and Algebra Standard

Data Analysis and Probability Standard