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The Cartoon Guide to Geometry

The Cartoon Guide to Geometry

Current price: $26.00
Publication Date: January 16th, 2024
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A comprehensive new illustrated guide to geometry—from New York Times bestselling cartoonist Larry Gonick

What's the point of points? Where do we draw the line? If there are two sides to everything, then what's up with triangles, squares, and polygons?

Once again, mathematician-turned-cartoonist Larry Gonick uses his unique gift for witty, lively, and clear exposition to demystify another complex subject: geometry.

Moving from the most basic geometrical concepts—planes, lines, and points—through elementary postulates and to elaborate proofs, The Cartoon Guide to Geometry is a comprehensive primer on all the essentials of plane geometry: angles, triangles, area, similarity, and, yes, the Pythagorean theorem. Carefully tailored to the curriculum standards and standardized testing guidelines of the subject, the book provides innovative visuals that develop proofs and constructions with sequential graphics rather than single illustrations. The reader emerges with a deep grasp of key ideas—and has fun getting there.

About the Author

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, math, and other big subjects for more than forty years. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in mathematics), a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.

Praise for The Cartoon Guide to Geometry

“In Gonick’s work, clever design and illustration make complicated ideas or insights strikingly clear.”  — New York Times Book Review

“Gonick is so consistently witty and clever that the reader is barely aware of being given a thorough grounding.”  — Omni

“Gonick is close to being one of a kind.”  — Discover