What is Beyond Infinity?
As a teacher of both language arts and mathematics (yes, there are such people), I grew tired of hearing that math was boring. Students weary of crunching numbers, doing and redoing mostly arithmetic, rarely get to experience the fun side of mathematics. To many students, math is an endless series of manipulating numbers and figures. They don't often get to see the beauty of math or experience the fun of thinking the deeper thoughts contained within the entire realm of numbers.
I started writing Beyond Infinity in order to bring some of the fascinating and exciting aspects of mathematics to middle and high school students — things like different types of infinity. For example, there is countable infinity, such as starting to count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … and so on. This kind of infinity could be counted with an infinite amount of time. Then there is uncountable infinity. Try counting all of the numbers between 0 and 1. This kind of infinity is uncountable because you would have to infinitely try to count smaller and smaller numbers in between zero and one. For example, start with .1 and there’s always .01 or .001 or .0001 and you could go on uncountably finding smaller and smaller numbers in between zero and one.
The purpose of Beyond Infinity is to make mathematics more interesting for young students. What could be better than a novel that is both fun and educational?
Synopsis of the Novel
Wait, a novel about mathematics? Actually, Beyond Infinity is an mystery / adventure story where math plays an important role throughout the storyline. Here is a back-of-the-book description:
What if numbers came alive?
“The next thing that happened was definitely the weirdest experience of my life, and I want to point out that I had already found a secret door in our school bathroom, decoded holographic puzzles, and I had gone through a strange portal to … well, somewhere. To say that this was the weirdest of all is actually saying something!”
When high school senior Matthew “MatheMatt” Forsythe discovers a weird computer and a secret door at school, a series of events unfolds where he and his friends solve one mathematical puzzle after another. After finding a teleportal, Matt and his friend Kelsie travel to a strange world where numbers are actually alive! There they meet the mad scientist Maglio and the ghostly Fifty-Seven and discover that some of the numbers are mysteriously disappearing. They must race against time to find the significant numbers Sixty-One and Three Hundred Thirteen. Why are the numbers disappearing? What is so important about the number Eight?
“For starters, we need more help.” Maglio turned to Kelsie. “You said your favorite number is sixty-one, right?” She nodded. “And Matt, you said three hundred-thirteen?” I nodded. “Well, you can start by finding them and bringing them back here before more numbers disappear or die and the world as we know it ends.”
Risks and challenges
The manuscript is already completed, so there are no worries there. I have already hired editors and I paid an awesome designer to create a cover. We are currently working on the interior design of the book. There is no doubt that the project will happen. The challenge is to move the novel beyond just being a small market book to being a widely accessible inspirational tool for teachers and parents to get kids interested in mathematics.
The risks and challenges are minimal. I have already made all of the professional connections to get the entire project completed: graphic designers, website developers, mobile marketers, and even a “book shepherd.”
Where does the money go?
The goal of this project—because it is much more than just a story—is to get students excited about math. I have already written the manuscript, but there is a lot to still accomplish. Nowadays, websites and interactivity are crucial in order to keep kids engaged. A lot of reluctant readers would stay involved in the process if there were more to do beyond just reading. The book includes QR codes to bring readers to a website where people from all over the world can interact with each other around mathematics.
One of the things the main character does is he collects examples of things that occur in specific numbers. For example, most people have heard of the Seven Wonders of the World and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But there also Seven Underwater Wonders. There are seven colors in the rainbow, 7 chakras, 7 deadly sins, 7 days of the week, 7 books in the Harry Potter series, 7 continents, 7 of Santa’s reindeer, 7 articles of the Constitution, 7 dwarves, “Seven Year Itch,” 7 virtues, 7 sacraments, The House of Seven Gables, the seven seas, 7 heavens, 7 notes in the Western musical scale, 7 hills of Rome, 7-league boots, and many more.
The additional website would allow students to add their own examples to lists like these, understand the nature and significance of various numbers, and become a member of a community interested in such mathematical and numerical ideas.
With the funds, I will hire website designers to complete the accompanying interactive pieces that will enhance and expand the reading experience. The whole package will include marketing pieces, such as postcards, t-shirts, ISBNs, mobile marketing, various ebook versions and more.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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