The Parrot's Theorem

A Novel

Denis Guedj; Translated by Frank Wynne

Thomas Dunne Books

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Mr. Ruche, a Parisian bookseller, receives a bequest from a long lost friend in the Amazon of a vast library of math books, which propels him into a great exploration of the story of mathematics. Meanwhile Max, whose family lives with Mr. Ruche, takes in a voluble parrot who will discuss math with anyone. When Mr. Ruche learns of his friend's mysterious death in a Brazilian rainforest, he decides that with the parrot's help he will use these books to teach Max and his brother and sister the mysteries of Euclid's Elements, Pythagoras's Theorem and the countless other mathematical wonders. But soon it becomes clear that Mr. Ruche has inherited the library for reasons other than enlightenment, and before he knows it the household is racing to prevent the parrot and vital, new theorems from falling into the wrong hands.

An immediate bestseller when first published in France, The Parrot's Theorem charmingly combines a straightforward history of mathematics and a first-rate murder mystery.

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Denis Guedj; Translated by Frank Wynne

Denis Guedj is Professor of the History of Science at Paris VIII University. He has spent many years devising courses and games to teach adults and children math. He is the author of Numbers: The Universal Language.

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The Parrot's Theorem
A Novel
Denis Guedj; Translated by Frank Wynne

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
August 2013
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ISBN: 9781466851672
ISBN10: 1466851678
360 pages
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October 2002
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ISBN: 9780312303020
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5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 360 pages
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