This is a fabulous book that will satiate all of your architectural curiosity. It has tremendous pictures and very readable text. We highly recommend it. 

Arabic Geometrical Pattern and Design This is a book of 200 blackline plates of arabic geometrical patterns. They can be used to color some gorgeous designs, or just use them to spark your own creativity. A person could get some majorly interesting quilt designs or fabric designs from this book. 

Cut and Assemble 3D Geometrical Shapes This gets our highest rating. This book is made of brightly colored, heavy cardstock. Ten model patterns are printed with understandable directions for how to assemble the polyhedrons. The Great Stellated Dodecahedron with its many sharp yellow spikes is our favorite. You can make these while relaxing or even watching TV. When you are done, you will have some very impressive room decorations as well as a much more thorough knowledge of the geometry of polyhedrons. 

Flatland is one of the very few novels about math and philosophy that can appeal to almost any layperson. Published in 1880, this short fantasy takes us to a completely flat world of two physical dimensions where all the inhabitants are geometric shapes, and who think the planar world of length and width that they know is all there is. But one inhabitant discovers the existence of a third physical dimension, enabling him to finally grasp the concept of a fourth dimension. Watching our Flatland narrator, we begin to get an idea of the limitations of our own assumptions about reality, and we start to learn how to think about the confusing problem of higher dimensions. The book is also quite a funny satire on society and class distinctions of Victorian England. 

Unless you're a mathematician, the chances of you reading any novels about geometry are probably slender. But if you read only two in your life, these are the ones. Taken together, they form a couple of accessible and charming explanations of geometry and physics for the curious nonmathematician. Flatland, which is also available under separate cover, was published in 1880 and imagines a twodimensional world inhabited by sentient geometric shapes who think their planar world is all there is. The further mathematical fantasy, Sphereland, published 60 years later, revisits the world of Flatland in time to explore the mindbending theories created by Albert Einstein, whose work so completely altered the scientific understanding of space, time, and matter. Among Einstein's many challenges to common sense were the ideas of curved space, an expanding universe and the fact that light does not travel in a straight line. Without use of the mathematical formulae that bar most nonscientists from an understanding of Einstein's theories, Sphereland gives lay readers ways to start comprehending these confusing but fundamental questions of our reality. 

GEOMETRY by Harold Jacobs 
Reviewer: Chang Yuon from Berkeley, California has this to say about this textbook:


Holt, Rinehart and Winston Geometry We give this geometry textbook our highest rating. The truth is that while reviewing this book, our main editor couldn't put it down. She told us that she went to bed with it, fascinated to see what the authors were going to offer in each new section. This text teaches rich geometry by DOING it. The applications are the best we have ever seen.
Regardless of your age or experience, these lessons will get you involved with exciting, relevant mathematics. Every lesson grows carefully with lots of opportunity for practice, discovery and enrichment. If you need a new Geometry textbook, look into this. You won't regret it!


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Geometry Teacher's Activities Kit Here is a Geometry teacher's dream resource. It's filled with hands on exploration activities designed to get students really thinking geometrically. Even if you aren't a teacher, if you want to truly EXPLORE what geometry really is with your hands as well as your mind, then this book is for you. 

This book is a definite WOW! Learn how to make simple geometric tessellations as well as the geo/artistic "Escher type" tessellations. Very readable text with TONS of illustrations. We give this book our highest recommendation. We have used the lessons in this book with thousands of students. It never fails to entertain and educate! 

The Math Teacher's BOOK OF LISTS A fantastic info. source for math teachers in any grade. Reviewer: A reader from Columbia, SC


A fantastic resource for teachers. This book is also for anyone who wants to keep their math intelligence sharp with a problem a day. 650 ready to use starters that get you quickly focused and working. These starter problems can be done in 5 to 10 minutes and are geared for grades 612. Topics covered include: Whole Numbers: theory and operation, Fractions, Decimals and Percents, Measurement, Geometry, Algebra, and general Potpourri. Complete answer keys are included. 

Multidimensional Transformations Unit Origami This book uses simple origami shapes and inserts them into each other to creat multidimensional, geometric, art shapes. The possibilities are endless once you learn the technique. 

String Straightedge and Shadow This is a WONDERFULLY readable history of the origins of geometry. You begin to feel what it must have been like when the mathematics was being discovered. We feel like we know Pythagoras after reading this book. It's amazing that there was no such thing as school in his day. He had to pay a homeless kid to listen to him. Finally, when Pythagoras ran out of money, the kid and some of his friends started paying Pythagoras to continue the lessons, and thus the concept of "school" was born. It's amazing to see what that concept has evolved into in our day. You might have to use the "out of print service" since this is an older book. If you can find it, you'll be glad, because it is terrific. This is a "must read" for anyone who wants to be a teacher of mathematics at any level. 

Triad Optical Illusions and How to Design Them A triad is something that can be drawn on a 2 dimensional surface but can not be constructed in the third dimension. It's a sort of visual paradox, and as such, will intrigue the analytical mathematician in you with the beauty of illusion. This book explains how to construct them and offers 32 reproducable plates. 

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