Our latest assignment in capstone was to read a book and then give a book talk on our selected piece. I choose the book How to Bake Pi because it really intrigued me. As soon as I read the title I had a feeling lots of connections to the real world would be made and to me that is the best way to understand mathematics. As I began to read I almost instantly realized my prediction was correct. In How to Bake Pi Eugenia Cheng did an excellent job at taking all the ideas that make up mathematics and breaking them down into understandable parts. Cheng did this all through real life examples and ideas that anyone can understand.
This book was great for me because I am going to be an elementary education teacher and Cheng has showed me that this big complex ideas can be broken down just like any idea in mathematics. This book has also helped me to see many connections throughout all the math courses i have taken here at GVSU that I didn't see before reading it.
If you are looking for a book that breaks down what math is and gives funny and relatable examples, How to Bake Pi may be the perfect choice for you.