When Mr. Ruche, a reclusive Parisian bookseller, receives a letter from a lon- lost friend in the Amazon bequeathing him a vast library of mathematical books, he is propelled into a great exploration of the story of math, from brilliant Greek thinkers, such as Archimedes and Pythagoras, to the modern-day genius Fermat. Meanwhile Max, a deaf boy whose dysfunctional family lives with Mr. Ruche, finds a voluble parrot in a local fleamarket. He turns out to be a bird who will discuss math with anyone who will listen. So when Mr. Ruche learns of his friend's mysterious death in the rainforests of Brazil he decides that with the parrot's help he will use the library to teach Max and his twin brother and sister the mysteries of Euclid's Elements, Pythagoras' Theorem and the countless other wonders of numbers and shapes. But soon it becomes clear that Mr. Ruche has inherited the library for reasons other than pure enlightenment, and before he knows it the household are caught up in a race to prevent vital theorems from falling into the wrong hands.
A number-one bestseller in France, where it was hailed as "a beautiful book glorying in the great adventures of the human mind" (Le Point), The Parrot's Theorem is an enchanting novel which takes the reader on an instructive journey through the history of mathematics.
A reader's guide to The Parrot's Theorem can be found at http://www.stmartins.com/smp/parrotheorrgg.html.