Non-Euclidean Geometry for Babies. I’m starting with this one because, well, it’s my favorite. It starts off talking about dots and line in different colors and numbers. Arthur likes to points at the dots and follow the lines as I read to him, so it seems that the pictures keep his attention. The part I really like; however, is that the author then talks about what happens if we don’t assume the parallel postulate. What types of amazing things can happen? I’ve taught a class on geometry, and even in college this seems to confuse many people, so it was fun for me to talk about this subject with my son. I know he doesn’t yet understand it, but I like it. I will say that it is a normal paper back book, so when Arthur gets a hold of it on his own, he quickly bends the pages. He hasn’t ripped it yet, though mostly because I’ve been quick to get it back from him. As such it isn’t a book to just let him play with at this age.
Baby University– We got these two baby university books for him as they were the two that stood out most to my wife and I. They do, however, offer these books in many science fields. I enjoy that we can look through the books with him one letter at a time and talk about something math or physics related. While I may have chosen different words for some of the letters, I realize there are many options and this is a preferential thing. What I really like about these books is that we got the board books for Arthur. The cardboard is much more resilient than a normal paper back is, so we can let him carry them around, flip the pages and play with them himself. He also likes to chew on the books, but they have been holding up well.
My First Touch and Feel Book– My mother got these for my son as an early birthday present when she was visiting last month. My wife has a particular interest in dinosaurs and baby animals are always fun. Again, there is a whole line of these books for different interests and the are board books, so they have held up well to the chewing and throwing that Arthur has put them through. These have the additional benefit that if you press the buttons they make sounds, and Arthur loves this. He bangs on the buttons and listen to the noises over and over. Unlike a lot of kids toys, the sound is loud enough that he enjoys it, but it is not so loud that it becomes annoying to me as I let him play with it.
Dungeons and Dragons Books– The 1,2,3s and A,B,Cs will be released in October, so I haven’t seen them yet. However, when I saw them on Amazon these were immediately placed on my wish list. The coloring book is out, but I plan on ordering it with the other books on their release. That is, I sharing these because I thought they looked too cool not to.
Lewis Carroll-While I often try to be much more concise in my writing, there is something wonderful about the way Carroll can present a very precise logically-sound idea in the most perplexing of ways. Trying to take his words, and then convert them into something resembling normal spoken language is an exercise in logic itself. I highly suggest getting a copy of any of his books and reading through them (again) while noting the logical statements involved.
Suggested Texts-These are texts that I have used in the past that I have thought have worked especially well for the class. If you are teaching one of the above courses and would like to know more about the books, I’d be happy to share. If you decide to use the text in your course, I would suggest then contacting the publishers directly to get a desk copy of the book. In general they are the type of books that are easy for the reader to follow and learn from and provide an important extra resource for students. Therefore, if you are looking to learn on your own and want a book to look through, I would still recommend each of these, depending on your level of experience.
Scholarship of teaching and learning– I had the opportunity to attend a mini-course given by Jacqueline Dewar on the scholarship of teaching and learning. In this book, the authors address how to find answers to many of the questions we have been discussing on this blog. Whether you are looking to determine what does or doesn’t work for you, or to complete research on the topic, this is a very helpful book to read through. However, there are also many other great books on the topic of how to teach, and if you are looking to answer a specific question, I would suggest looking through to see if anything fits your particular needs.
Amazon Classics Editions– Amazon offers a wide variety of classic literature free through the Kindle Reader App. Therefore, all of those books that someone said you should read, but you haven’t gotten to, are there for you to find and download. No, I haven’t read every book on my list, but I have read large number of books that I had always wanted to but never got around to because of this option, such as Walden.
Brandon Sanderson- I have been really enjoying reading the works of Brandon Sanderson. The Mistborn series was the first I read, and I was immediately pulled into the universe Sanderson created. The writing is very high quality really and it really paints a vivid picture of the world he is portraying. If you enjoy fantasy books, I would highly recommend reading any of his books/series.
Zombies and Calculus. It’s a fun story that explains how you can always manage to stay just ahead of the zombies that are trying to get at you. Very helpful in case of zombie apocalypse.