This is a fantasy math novel written by math teacher Kim Sangmi that asks questions about the meaning of mathematics education and studies.
- Book Intro
Beyond the Bermuda Triangle lies an unknown island called MATHeARTH. The island is home to five tribes that are more or less related to mathematics. The Infinite tribe is devoted to mathematical research with unending inspiration, while the Mathteach tribe tries to teach the research of the Infinite tribe to other races. The Pragmati tribe uses math to make things required for everyday living, the Mathsumer tribe simply consumes math, and the Nosot tribe considers math to be their enemy. The five tribes live being respectful of different mathematical philosophies. Then, one day, the Mathsumer and Nosot tribe join forces to create a new world out of MATHeARTH without math. Will the two tribes succeed in carrying out their plans?
The Pi Maze, which begins with the story of MATHeARTH, a fantastic world mirroring our own, is a fantasy math novel written by a middle school math teacher. Although mathematics is considered to be a vital part of school education, not many people ask the fundamental questions of why we study mathematics and how it should be taught. Kim Sangmi, the author who felt troubled by this reality, wrote this book to provide teens, teachers, and parents contemplate their attitudes toward mathematics. The Pi Maze, a three-dimensional maze with five tribes and infinite primes, is the imaginative setting conceived by Kim for the book. Kim's witty creativity draws in readers to her story.
This is a novel that draws up an important question about our attitude toward mathematics through the various positions of students and teachers related to mathematics education. The main characters are eleven middle school students. Kim imbued the diverse characteristics and personalities of her own students into the story's characters. In the process of telling her story, she raises serious questions about mathematics education through the characterizations of two math teachers with contradicting educational philosophies.
- About the Author
Kim Sangmi is a teacher who teaches math to middle school students. Kim has also been working as a novelist, writing novels involving math and adolescent growth, and as a calligraphy author delivering wisdom of life through the famous sayings of mathematicians. Kim received her MA in Mathematics from the Graduate School of Education at Korea University. Kim previously worked as an examining teacher for math lectures at EBS. Currently, Kim has been participating in writing math textbooks. Books written by Kim Sangmi include Wisdom of Math Delivering through Calligraphy, The Pi Labyrinth, Moring the Time-seeing Kid and The Euler Paradox.
Happy Reading in the Morning, 2018, Recommended Book
Korean Publishers Association, 2018, Young Children’s Book of the Year