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THE MURDEROUS MATHS SERIES:
The Knowledge: The Gobsmacking Galaxy
Dead Famous: Isaac Newton and His Apple
Frequently Asked Questions (How and why I write books)
Details of Author Visits
(including Killer Puzzles)
Kjartan Poskitt Main Index Page
The Scholastic Zone
(Scholastic publish all the books featured on this page)
The Murderous Maths Series
"Have a look at Murderous Maths by Kjartan Poskitt. It
is a truly addictive reading book, and was leapt on and devoured by my children. The book
is full of awful jokes, fascinating facts, real murders and yes, the maths is good too.
This is a brilliant book."
- New Scientist 22nd November 1997 -
Originally the first two Murderous Maths books were in Scholastic's
"The Knowledge" series but now they headline their own
"Murderous Maths" series.
All the books in the Murderous Maths series feature a range of characters including One-Finger Jimmy, Half Smile and their gang, Professor Fiendish, Pongo McWhiffy and the terribly lovely Veronica Gumfloss, the evil Gollarks from the planet Zog, Urgum the Axeman and so on. They also include sneaky tricks, games, jokes (most of which are repeatable) and what's more - you'll find yourself picking up all sorts of advice and tips on how to cope with maths in all it's various forms. Despite their irreverent and frivolous attitude, these books have even found their way into schools and proved to be a boost to GCSE studies.
You never know when these maths skills might come in handy - not only for GCSEs and school assessments, but when you're an adult you'll still find basic maths will help.
You might find yourself using them next time you visit a financial, or bingo site such as cheeky bingo ( click here to go to CheekyBingo.com ) , or even as part of your job, or just during everyday life.
A great point of personal pride are the foreign editions which already include German, Spanish, Polish, Greek, Dutch, Norwegian, Turkish, Croatian, Italian, Lithuanian, Korean, Danish, Portugese, Hungarian, Hebrew, Thai and others...
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The Knowledge: THE GOBSMACKING GALAXY is the beginners guide to
space. It explains what all the different lumps and bumbs that float
around the sky are, it tells you how to get there and what you'll
find when you arrive. Meet the creature that sneezed itself right off
the planet, find the galaxy's ultimate ski resort, build your own solar
system and see what happens to a bloke called Sid as he takes his
grandfather clock into a black hole. This has all the fun of the
cosmos served up with lots of really satisfying facts.
Order a copy of "The Gobsmacking Galaxy" (New 2009 updated edition)
Dead Famous: NEWTON AND HIS FALLING APPLE tells the extraordinary
story of the moody genius who explained gravity. When I was researching
this book I was amazed to find there was a lot more to Isaac Newton than
just being hit on the head with an apple! Did you know he used to shove
pointed sticks into his eyeballs to see what happened? At school he
scrunched the bully's face into a church wall, later on he fell out
with almost everybody he met, some of his experiments bordered on witchcraft
and he personally signed many criminal's death warrants...and there's lots
more all in this book. Amoungst all the other gruesome facts, there's newpaper
reports on the plague, the great fire of London and the executions of the
time, plus a simple step by step guide to Newton's greatest discoveries
inclucing Calculus, Gravity and Colours. This book (illustrated with loads
of superb pictures and cartoon strips by the excellent Philip Reeve )
provides a gory, fascinating and fact-packed read for anyone aged 9 to 99.
Order a copy of "Newton and his Falling Apple" (New 2011 updated version)
Frequently Asked Questions - how I got to be an author!
Details of Author Visits and Maths Sessions
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