The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
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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.


About Denis Guedj

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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.
Published August 20, 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books. 353 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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This is the little family that pulls together with bonds of friendship and love when two things happen: Max saves a parrot from two thugs at a flea market, and Mr. Ruche receives the best private collection of math books in the world, sent from South America by his old college friend Elgar Grosro...

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The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj 350pp, Weidenfeld, £12.99 Buy it at BOL The last year has seen an unprecedented boom in the publishing of novels about mathematics.

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Murder mystery meets mathematical history in this pleasantly whimsical but unfocused debut novel, which begins when a Parisian bookseller named Pierre Ruche receives a priceless collection of historical math books from a wartime colleague named Elgar Grosrouvre.

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