Antiquity and Mathematics – Irene Venturi’s Books for Children

Irene Venturi was born in Viareggio in 1978. She received a bachelor’s degree from mathematics at the University of Pisa and the title of Doctor of Mathematics at the University of Genoa. Currently, she trains mathematic teachers, works on mathematic school manuals and writes books. [1] [2]

In her two books for children, titled “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” (2012) [What a discovery! Stories of fulminating ideas”] and “Che problema c’è? Avventure tra i numeri” (2013) [“What’s the problem? Adventures among the numbers.”] Venturi explains the fundamental rights of mathematics and talks about important scientific discoveries.

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The cover of the book “Che problema c’è? Avventure tra i numeri” (2013, Edizioni EL)[source]
The cover of the book “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” (2012, Edizioni EL) [source]

In the both books we can find important figures associated with the ancient world, such as (inter alia) Dido, Hiero I, Hiero II, Marcellus, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Thales of Miletus, Herodotus, Demaratos, Xerxes, Leonidas, and others.

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Archimedes [illustration by Francesca Carabelli from the Polish edition of “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” ( “Ale odkrycie! Historie elektryzujących pomysłów”), Wrocław, 2016, wyd. Esteri]
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Pythagoras [illustration by Francesca Carabelli from the Polish edition of “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” (“Ale okdrycie! Historie elektryzujących pomysłów”), Wrocław, 2016, wyd. Esteri]
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Spartans and Demaratos’ wax tables [illustration by Francesca Carabelli from the Polish edition of “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” (“Ale odkrycie! Historie elektryzujących pomysłów”), Wrocław, 2016, wyd. Esteri]
All the photos  of the book were taken by the author of this post.

See more:

  • Irene Venturi’s profile on LinkedIn – [1]
  • Polish edition of “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” [ “Ale odkrycie! Historie elektryzujących pomysłów”], 2016, Wrocław, wyd. Esteri. – [2]
  • [article in Italian] “I libri di Irene Venturi sbarcano in Albania e Corea” [in:] “Il Tirreno”, 26.09.2016 – link.
  • [book review in Polish] Irene Venturi – “Ale odkrycie! Historie elektryzujących wynalazków” (20.06.2016) – link.

Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

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