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marttt · 2019-07-20 · Original thread
There is an IMO outstandingly illustrated children's book about Erdős, "The Boy Who Loved Math" by Deborah Heiligman and LeUyen Pham [1]. Really witty, but also moving. I think it depicts really well why it makes sense to accept "strange people".

[1]: https://www.amazon.com/Boy-Who-Loved-Math-Improbable/dp/1596... (I suggest Looking Inside the book as well!)

japhyr · 2017-11-22 · Original thread
My son is 6 now, and he has loved these two books since he was about 3:

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos - https://www.amazon.com/Boy-Who-Loved-Math-Improbable/dp/1596...

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late - https://www.amazon.com/Bedtime-Math-Excuse-Stay-Late/dp/1250...

We also started this book recently, and he has really enjoyed it so far:

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World - https://www.amazon.com/Women-Science-Fearless-Pioneers-Chang...

japhyr · 2016-10-08 · Original thread
For anyone with kids, there's a great children's book about Erdös called "The Boy Who Loved Math". I read it to my kid for the first time when he was 2 or 3, and he loved it. It got us to start talking about prime numbers in a fun way long before I would have started talking to him about them. It also made enjoying math perfectly normal; my kid is 5 now and has no idea some people don't like math.

https://www.amazon.com/Boy-Who-Loved-Math-Improbable/dp/1596...

japhyr · 2015-12-24 · Original thread
Have you seen The Boy Who Loved Math? It's a bio of Paul Erdos written for kids, and we've really enjoyed it.

http://www.amazon.com/Boy-Who-Loved-Math-Improbable/dp/15964...

juliangamble · 2015-09-26 · Original thread
While we're on Erdős and Terrance Tao, Terrance has an Erdős number of 2 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_by_Erd%C5%91s_n...) so whilst having met Erdős as a boy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Tao#Personal_life) he never collaborated with him on a paper. (Probably due to differences in ages).

It's amazing to see the influence Paul Erdős had on people. There is a children's story (that I read to my kids) about his incredible life. http://www.amazon.com/The-Boy-Who-Loved-Math/dp/1596433078

japhyr · 2014-09-14 · Original thread
There's a children's book called The Boy Who Loved Math: The improbable life of Paul Erdös [0]. I ordered a copy when looking for some books to get my son interested in math beyond counting and simple arithmetic.

My son is 3 1/2, and he loves this book. He loves that there was a kid who loved numbers so much he spent his whole life studying them. He loves that he gets to see a boy grow into an adult, who grows into an old man. If you want to share your love of math with a kid, Erdös' story is a great one to share. It's also a great conversation starter about how much or how little to focus on any one thing. I love knowing Erdös' story, but I'm not sure I'd like to be him.

[0] - http://www.amazon.com/The-Boy-Who-Loved-Math/dp/1596433078/r...

japhyr · 2014-08-02 · Original thread
I have a three year old son, and it is absolutely fascinating to watch his mathematical understanding develop. I've been a math teacher my entire adult life so I've had plenty of experience watching older students develop their understanding. It's entirely different watching your kid develop their understanding from scratch.

I recently looked for some kids' books that would focus on the more interesting problems in math, rather than just counting. I was happy to find a few books that have helped him see math as more than just counting. My favorite so far is The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos. [0] I knew of Erdos, but I didn't know much about him. I learned from reading this book, and my kid loves it as well. He is fascinated with aging, and he now sees it as normal that someone would spend their whole life focusing on numbers.

We are also starting to enjoy Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late. [1] The idea is to give your kid some interesting math problems to think about at bedtime. We've found that it's a good way to help him think about things other than the dark, and strange noises while he's falling asleep.

It's fascinating to watch this development. A few nights ago: "Did you know that one of the oldest questions people have asked is, How many stars are there in the sky?"

"No, I didn't know that!"

"How many stars do you think there are in the sky?"

"Eight!"

[0] - http://www.amazon.com/The-Boy-Who-Loved-Math/dp/1596433078

[1] - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250035856

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