Sunday, 25 December 2011
Basher Science - Algebra and Geometry. Anything but square.
Meet Polygon and Plane, Reflection and Rotation, Odd Number and his buddy Even Number and the three amigos Sine, Cosine and Tangent. Discover the secrets of their world and how they like to throw their numbers about. "Algebra & Geometry" is a compelling guide to the community of characters who make mathematics interesting.
Another book in the Basher Science range. This one is about Algebra and Geometry and has chapters entitled: Counting Crews; Number Nutters; Cranium Crackers; Graph Gang; Shape Sisters; Transformation Team; Trig-Athletics; and In The Round. A lot of these subjects can be difficult to understand, however with the Basher style of explanation I think they could be easier to understand. Basher use cartoon style images throughout their book and the text is written as if spoken by the subject themselves. One negative for this book however is that the equations and explanation of methodology is all lumped together in a block of text and not separated out as in traditional textbooks, therefore making it more difficult to follow through the method. However, the way they explain the methodology is very clever and I think that if a child does not understand traditional methods, this is an alternative idea to try. I would recommend it for older children though.
Thank you to the publishers, Kingfisher, for sending me the book to review.