The Boy Who Loved Math
The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Roaring Brook Press
Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn't learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made "Uncle Paul" a great man.
The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman is a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 and a New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013.
NYTBR Notable Children's BOTY, ALA Notable Children's Books, Bank Street - Cook Prize Winner, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Bank Street - Cook Prize Finalist, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste , Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Mathical Book Award
In the Press
Two picture books follow Paul Erdos and Albert Einstein on lifelong journeys of curiosity and scientific discovery. - The New York Times