How Many Socks Make a Pair?
By Rob Eastaway
First published by JR Books in 2008
What do a limerick, a drawer full of socks, a newspaper, a pile of library books and a bathroom mirror have in common? The answer is that they all have some fascinating, even beautiful, maths hidden within them.
This book is a hands-on demonstration of maths that anyone, even a complete maths-phobe, can actually enjoy.
Behind the scenes:
I first used some of this material at primary teacher conferences when I wanted to introduce non-mathematicians to some of the beauty of maths. Originally the book was to be entitled: 'Ah, Aha and Haha' but the feedback from booksellers was that with that title, nobody would understand what the book is about.
This book is aimed at a wider audience than my other maths books. While mathematicians will enjoy it, the target audience is adults who would not normally touch a book about maths. It's suitable for teenagers and even a bright 10-year-old, too.