Children's book author, who makes middle school math fun, comes to Triangle
Sean Connolly, author of "The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math," will be in the Triangle for two events next week.Posted — Updated
Connolly's "The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math: 24 Death-Defying Challenges for Young Mathematicians" infuses middle school math with things like zombies, shipwrecks, vampires, and treasure hunters.
So a standard math problem like "if car A is traveling west at 10 miles per hour, and car B is traveling east at 30 miles per hour" turns into something like this where math is the key to survival:
"Let’s say a vampire has moved onto your block, and every month he feeds on two people in your town, turning them into vampires. One month later, he and each of the new vampires are capable of turning two more people into vampires — a pattern that continues until some brave individual intervenes. Approximately how many months will it take for your 500,000-person town to become populated entirely by blood-sucking fiends if they’re not stopped?"
The book takes readers (and their parents) through each step of the problem. Each problem is followed by a related activity designed to bring the math to life.
Connolly, who is on a national book tour, will make two appearances in the Triangle next week.
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