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by Denis Guedj

The Parrot's Theorem is a French novel written by Denis Guedj and published in 1998. An English translation was published in 2000.

The Parrot's Theorem is a French novel written by Denis Guedj and published in 1998. The plot revolves around a household in Paris: Mr Ruche, an elderly wheelchair-using bookseller, his employee and housemate Perrette, and Perrette's three children – teenage twins and young Max, who is deaf.

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Denis Guedj is Professor of the History of Science at Paris VIII University. He has spent many years devising courses and games to teach adults and children math.

By comparison, The Parrot's Theorem contains considerably more mathematics. Denis Guedj, Professor of the History of Science at Paris VIII University, has constructed a Sophie's World -type schema that enables him to use a child as a channel for explaining numerous mathematical ideas to his readers.

An immediate bestseller when first published in France, The Parrot's Theorem charmingly combines a straightforward history of mathematics and a first-rate murder mystery.

Meanwhile Max, whose family lives with Mr. Ruche, takes in a voluble parrot who will discuss math with anyone. An immediate bestseller when first published in France, The Parrot's Theorem charmingly combines a straightforward history of mathematics and a first-rate murder mystery.

The Parrot's Theorem book. See a Problem? We’d love your help. Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Parrot's Theorem. a beautiful book glorying in great adventures of the human mind' Le Point.

The Parrot's Theorem - Denis Guedj. Books shouldn’t be packed together like people crammed into the métro in the rush hour, but neither did he like to see them lolling about, with gaps you could drive a taxi through. One of Mr Ruche’s guiding principles was that books needed room to breathe, a lesson he had taught Perrette, the woman who worked with him. The Parrot's Theorem is a French novel written by Denis Guedj and published in 1998

The Parrot's Theorem. The Parrot's Theorem is a French novel written by Denis Guedj and published in 1998. Mathematical topics covered in the book include primes and factors; irrational and amicable numbers; the discoveries of Pythagoras, Archimedes and Euclid; and the problems of squaring the circle and doubling the cube. The mathematics is real mathematics, woven into an historical sequence as a series of intriguing problems, bringing their own stories with them. Mathematical topics covered in the book include

WARNING: This review contains spoilers. If you intend to read the book, please start reading this review from the last two sentences of the first paragraph. Omit the remaining of the first paragraph.

This novel is advertised as a murder mystery. Unfortunately, this is a kind of false advertising! There is a death but, from the very beginning, the reader knows that it may not be a murder. In fact, from the dialogues, the reader is pushed to never really focus on the murder scenario seriously although the author makes some attempt to give the possibility some weight. And, indeed, at the end of the book it is revealed that it was never a murder. Hence, the reader has wasted all the time reading in the hope of the good twist, yet nothing unpredictable happens. More importantly, although the `murder investigation' is supposed to be the center of the book, it is lost among the numerous and, often, irrelevant enumeration of historical details. The sections with the history of math alternate with the sections where the actions of the criminals are described but the descriptions are hugely uneven. The history of math takes pages and pages. On the other hand, the actions of the criminals are rushed in just 2-3 pages maximum. And, unfortunately, the role of the parrot is too obvious: If you do not realize it from the discussions between the family members, the title makes sure that you know from the very beginning! The plot is too simple, quite straightforward and unable to provide any unexpected events. So, overall, it makes a poor mystery novel.

However, it qualifies as a good reading for someone who wants to read a little about the historical development of mathematics but he is turned off by the standard sterile presentations in the academic books. It is a refreshing way that can appeal to a wider audience and not only to those with interest in math and science. In this sense, the analogies drawn between the historical characters and events and the protagonists and `murder case' are well thought and given. But, unfortunately, from this positive look of the book, another serious flaw emerges: It is supposed that the dead person has solved two of the greatest conjectures in mathematics. Yet, after all these numerous details on the history of science, we learn very little about the history of one of them (Fermat's last theorem) and nothing really about the history of the other (Goldbach's conjecture)!

There are some minor mistakes (such as tomatoes in ancient Greece) which we can forgive in a work of fiction but, given that the author is a professor of history (of science), they are worrisome and reveal, perhaps, some unintentional sloppiness.

Although I have rated the book low for not delivering an exciting mathematical murder mystery, I still recommend it: It makes an interesting, light reading. Just keep your expectations low and, if it turns out to be a good choice for you, then you will be very happy.
Snake Rocking
This is an interesting story for anyone interested in the history of math, and indeed, western culture. An intriguing story, and a story of intrigue, we go from Paris to Manaus and elsewhere, always with a mathematical connection. The math is fun and interesting in the context of the central part of the story, the old friend who sent all of his math books, and a complicated secret, to Paris, where a family took on the task of deciphering the complex riddle. While the English translation has some strange ways of saying things (maths instead of math), the interested reader easily gets used to that, enthusiastically following the tale.

One minor detail - the bird on the book is not the same species as the bird IN the book. The cover bird is a Scarlet Macaw, while the bird IN the story is a Blue-fronted Parrot.
Great story, and in great condition!!! Highly recommended for those who like math and stories!!
My son is really enjoying this boo. He hates math but he loves to read. This book is helping him to enjoy math through reading.
The mystery of math unraveled. Had someone tell me this book should be read in school instead of Catcher in the Rye. I agree.
I would say that the book is alright, not excellent, if it were a simple novel with a plot-driven theme.

But if you want to learn math, then sure, read it. It explains math concepts fairly well, and isn't really hard to understand at all.

Little secret- i never did finish it, school came along and it just isn't interesting enough (at least to me) that you actually want to know what's something that I read when I had nothign better to do.

Honestly, I didn't like it too much, just because it wasn't captivating enough for me.
The Sinners from Mitar
Excellent, fun tale enriching you with great history & quotes related to Mathematicians. You'll love it!
This book is for kids. The book tries to generate excitement using math but fails miserably since the level of math is elementary. e.g mom calculates 1/4 +1/3+1/2 =13/12.. son says .. "wow! thats cool". What rubbish!
The Parrot's Theorem ebook
Denis Guedj
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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Ori; New Ed edition (2001)
416 pages
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