The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.
— G.H. Hardy
In a world that thinks of education through a post-Enlightenment lens, we need to hear Hardy’s words more than ever. Maths is beautiful. Maths is to be enjoyed and deeply understood from an early age. I am no mathematician so I won’t tell you how to teach it or what curriculum to use, but my children and I do play lots of maths games and read engaging picture books. These help bring the subject alive, cement ideas and compliment rigorous study.
Here is a list of our favourites – perhaps you’ll find a Christmas present or two?!
Maths Picture Books
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