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The parrot's theorem : a novel

Author: Denis Guedj; Frank Wynne
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st St. Martin's Griffin edView all editions and formats
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After inheriting a large library of math books, Mr. Ruche, a reclusive Parisian bookseller, encounters a young boy named Max who owns a math obsessed parrot, and enlists the help of the parrot to help teach Max and his siblings the wonders of mathematics. Soon the group is hurled into a world of danger and must race against time to keep the books safe. Mr. Ruche receives a bequest from a long lost friend in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Guedj; Frank Wynne
ISBN: 0312303025 9780312303020
OCLC Number: 51390268
Notes: Includes name index.
Original copyright 2000.
Description: vii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Théorème du peroquet al English
Responsibility: by Denis Guedj ; translated by Frank Wynne.

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After inheriting a large library of math books, Mr. Ruche, a reclusive Parisian bookseller, encounters a young boy named Max who owns a math obsessed parrot, and enlists the help of the parrot to help teach Max and his siblings the wonders of mathematics. Soon the group is hurled into a world of danger and must race against time to keep the books safe. Mr. Ruche 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 that 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. Soon it becomes clear that Mr. Ruche has inherited the library for reasons other than enlightenment. 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, Parrot's Theorem charmingly combines a straightforward history of mathematics and a first rate murder mystery.

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