## The Parrot's Theorem: A NovelMr. Ruche, a Parisian bookseller, receives a bequest from a long lost friend in the Amazon of a vast library of math books, which propels him into a great exploration of the story of mathematics. Meanwhile Max, whose family lives with Mr. Ruche, takes in a voluble parrot who will discuss math with anyone. When Mr. Ruche learns of his friend's mysterious death in a Brazilian rainforest, he decides that with the parrot's help he will use these books to teach Max and his brother and sister the mysteries of Euclid's Elements, Pythagoras's Theorem and the countless other mathematical wonders. But soon it becomes clear that Mr. Ruche has inherited the library for reasons other than enlightenment, and before he knows it the household is racing to prevent the parrot and vital, new theorems from falling into the wrong hands. An immediate bestseller when first published in France, |

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User Review - shushokan - LibraryThingAn attempt to tell the history of mathematics from the Greeks to the present day in the guise of a novel...and not a very good novel at that. The mathematics is at times misunderstood and at times ... Read full review

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User Review - Jane Doe - KirkusA bestseller in France (where the author teaches history of science), Guedj's first fiction is a charmer indeed—a history of mathematics offered up pretty as you please via a handful of likable ... Read full review

### Contents

A Bird in the Hand | 1 |

The Glass Pyramid | 16 |

The Rainforest Library | 44 |

Friends and Enemies | 65 |

Just a Fraction | 89 |

One Risotto and a Chicken Korma | 118 |

Problems Problems Problems | 132 |

The story of 0 | 151 |

Less is More | 195 |

Between the Infinite and the Void | 220 |

A Narrow Margin | 240 |

The Proof of the Pudding | 274 |

In Mathematics Nothing is Impossible | 280 |

The Third Man | 289 |

Less is More | 304 |

Clear Blue Sky | 327 |