Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty
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Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty

Ages: 8 and up
Price: $14.95
Type: Book
By The Experiment


Patterns of the Universe is a first-of-its-kind coloring book to combine the fun of coloring with the beauty of math!

Math is at the heart of many natural wonders and has an abstract beauty all its own—in the silhouette of a snowflake, the spiral seeds of a sunflower, and the symmetry of the Sri Yantra mandala.

From the 4-D hypercube that casts a starlike shadow, to the infinite pattern of Penrose tiles that never perfectly repeats, these exquisite designs reveal their secrets as you fill them with color. Art becomes an act of discovery—no math knowledge is required!

In the bonus Creating section, as you join dots, flip coins, and follow other simple steps, 12 surprising images will emerge before your eyes.

This is an adventure for all ages—and a treasure for artists in Numberland!

Review Highlights:

I love the idea of this book. So often children (and adults) see math only as numbers, and don't realize the patterns that can be extrapolated from them. Truly, we live in an ordered universe, and those patterns can be seen throughout nature, science, math, and art. I really appreciate this book, which brings them all together, and with enough explanation to spark the curious to explore more.

I love this introduction to the beautiful design and order of mathematical equations in an organic manner. It can be used simply as a coloring book for younger students, while familiarizing them with "pattern" as well as a coloring book for older students who will benefit from the connection between coloring patterns, math, and the science behind the math. Multi-level learning, or just the opportunity to use color creatively. Very unique! Later sections of the book show the student how to create their own designs using a variety of methods, and throughout the book there are small drawing "explanations" of how each design evolves from a single dot or shape into something amazing!

Depending on who is coloring, students practice visual acuity, fine motor skills, color blending, contrasting and comparing color values and more. Observing and an analyzing how the patterns work, and how different color combinations can be incorporated into the patterns to create very different final products (contrast and compare can come into play here as well). For some students, decision-making (as they make color choices) can be practiced here, with a lovely outcome. Focus is also required to complete a pattern.

I really liked the creative potential, seeing math from a different perspective. It stimulates thinking while being creative. We practiced recognizing patterns, and finding connections between art and math.

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