Recognized as the father of analytic geometry, René Descartes was a French mathematician and philosopher. Kids will love this funny and very accessible tale - based on one of math's greatest myths - about the man who popularized the Cartesion system of coordinates.
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Follow the comical adventures of Renee Descartes as his messy lifestyle actually leads him to devise the cartesian coordinate system. This book is perfect for young, gifted students and homeschoolers who enjoy interdisciplinary studies. The Fly on the Ceiling combines history, math, reading and humor to make learning fun.
This is a delightful and informative book for a number of reasons. While it introduces children to the concept of coordinates and graphing in a rather delightful manner, it can also be used to teach the concept of stereotyping. Teachers can make some important teaching points to sensitize children to stereotyping with this book: that Frenchmen do not necessarily own poodles and philosophers are not necessarily any more absent minded than other groups of people.