The Mathematical Lives biography series from Royal Fireworks Press introduces middle and high school readers to some of history's most important mathematicians and the problems they worked on. You can even work some of those problems yourself! But there's even more to the series than that. In this presentation, author Robert Black reveals the themes behind the series, exploring how our understanding of math has changed, and how that understanding has changed us.
You've probably used literature to teach grammar or composition or history, but have you ever thought of using it to teach math? Robert Black has spent more than a decade working on the idea, developing a style of mathematical storytelling that can give your children a new way to look at numbers. In this presentation, he'll introduce you to mathematical storytelling from Victorian times to the present, and tell you how he wrote his Mathematical Nights and Mathematical Lives series.