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Euclid in Amazon top 50 math books

I was aimlessly looking at Amazon ratings this morning when I noticed one stat was looking quite good. My book, Euclid, the Man who Invented Geometry is in the to p 50 children’s math books – number 37 today, in fact.

Being number one would be terrific, is I need some help to get there. If you have this book or have read it, then I’d be most grateful if you would leave a review on Amazon for me.

What would boost the position, of course is if lots of people were to buy the book!

Euclid, The Man Who Invented Geometry came about when I discovered that a school banned the use of compasses because of health and safety implications – they have a sharp point! The education implication was that the children had no idea how to draw a circle or construct shapes from geometric principles. I’m sure that drawing shapes and bisecting angles in geometry played as much a part in my drawing g skills as did any art lesson.

I made a series of videos about Euclid, where he became a slightly eccentric character explaining his theories  to his friends. Because his friends were with not very bright or not very cooperative, Euclid had to work from basic principles and bring them along with his ideas – step by step – the Axiomatic approach.

Having made the videos, I realised that the script worked as the text to a book, so I put it all together and published it as my first independent book – and very proud I was too!

To have got it up to number 37 in the Amazon rankings with very little publicity is amazing and makes me realise I should maybe add a little effort to push it up a bit further.

So please follow the links and leave a review or buy a copy for a struggling mathematician who needs a different approach to the subject or for a genius mathematician who needs a little light relief – we all need that from time to time!

100% 5 star reviews! What do they say so far?

Great book

Can’t be beat to introduce kids to Euclid and Eclidian geometry.

At last, a book that is fun and informative.

This is the perfect introduction to geometry principles for my 5yr old. He absolutely loves the characters and videos; It makes me wish there were more.

Love it! My sons are drawing up a geometric storm!

Fabulous review for Euclid – ipad edition

I had a Fabulous review for euclid yesterday, from Ginny Steele, a teacher in Ontario, I just had to share it with you! You can get the ipad version here or you can get the paper book version here

Intro to geometry for primary kids

I was so impressed with the sample pages I bought this book immediately and whizzed through it. This book helps refresh those of us who did geometry a LONG time ago, and puts everything simply enough that you can use it to help your kids learn it too.

The videos are superb instruction in how to construct shapes using a pencil, compass and ruler and bisect lines and angles. All of which is coming for your child in school, so it helps if YOU know how to do it. The great thing about the videos is that your child can select the chapter relevant to their current topic of study, use the video to follow step by step, pause, play and go again as necessary.

The jokes are enjoyably cheesy, perfect for a primary school audience, the comic-book character illustrations and simple animations attractively add to the text and I enjoyed the overall look of the book, which does NOT feel at all ‘textbookish’, but instead manages to get across all the important stuff in a fun story style. At the end of each short chapter is a 3-question quiz designed to point children to the right answers, and if they get it wrong, they can keep checking till they find the right answer. It feels very low pressure and I think children will enjoy it.

Cleverly done, and thank you for creating this book, Mr Rayner.

I highly recommend this book

Euclid – covering all the angles!

I love it when a plan comes together! I’ve been working like crazy to get my Euclid project up and running by the end of the month – why? Well I’m debuting Euclid at the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland (why not come along?). This will be my third visit to the festival and the organisers now feel like old friends. Because of that I feel safe trying something new with them, and they are being kind in letting me try!

There is nothing like a deadline to get you moving though! I think I made the decision while working on the iPad version of Euclid. I thought it would be great to do book version too, so I looked at the calendar, worked backwards and decided it was do-able.

I’m a week ahead of schedule. The books have arrived, my banner is magnificent, postcards and posters are printed and I’m ready to go – just waiting for the Tee-shirt!

If you would like a signed copy of the book the head over to eBay where I have them for sale. Buy one and you will also receive a Free A3 Poster!

Meanwhile, the ebook for iPad, which contains extra video tutorials, is riding high at number 2 on the Us Science Charts on iTunes – how amazing is that? You can download a preview for free here.

If you would like me to come and visit your school for a Euclid Geometry day full of story and drawing and constructing angles, don’t hesitate to get in touch.