The Rabbit Problem: For Current & Future Lovers of Math

The Misfortune Of Knowing

To fill the gap here at The Misfortune of Knowing as I recover from releasing Amelia Elkins Elkins, Mr. AMB has graciously provided a review of The Rabbit Problem, a fascinating picture book that is perhaps better suited for adults than for children. While everyone in our household enjoys the book, Mr. AMB is its biggest fan.

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From Mr. AMB:

The Rabbit ProblemI love math. These days, I don’t formally use it much beyond simple arithmetic, but, as Bertrand Russell wrote, “What is best in mathematics deserves not merely to be learnt as a task, but to be assimilated as a part of daily thought, and brought again and again before the mind with ever-renewed encouragement.”*

However, mathematics is often taught to children and adolescents as a feat of memorization and a collection of “tasks” with minimal emphasis on its practical application. In everyday life, for example, it doesn’t matter…

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