Crimes and Mathdemeanors by Leith Hathout

Crimes and Mathdemeanors

Written by Leith Hathout
Illustrated by


Crimes and Mathdemeanors by Leith Hathout

A collection of short detective stories for young adults who are interested in applying high school level mathematics and physics to solving mysteries. The main character is Ravi, a 14-year-old math genius who helps the local police solve cases. Each chapter is a detective story with a mathematical puzzle at its core that Ravi is able to solve. The author invites the reader to solve the case on his or her own and then explains the mathematics used to find the solution to the puzzle. Illustrated by Karl H. Hofmann


Uncover the secret of whodunnit in this delightful educational and learning tool. Ideal for high school libraries, classroom use, and for adults who want to keep their math skills sharp! -Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, August 2007

! In Leith Hathout's talented writing I detect the next Martin Gardner. -Keith Devlin, Stanford University, NPR's Math Guy, and author of The Math Gene and, Devlin, June 2007

-the 'short story problem.

's even younger hero, fourteen-year-old Ravi, reduces complicated crimes to math problems-and then solves them. What fun! -Gary Lorden, Professor of Mathematics, Caltech, and math consultant for Numb3rs, Lorden, June 2007

Precocious math students will love this collection: what could be more fun than seeing one of their own as the hero of the day, and learning some new mathematics at the same time? Mathematically-inclined adults may enjoy it also. -Sarah Boslaugh, MAA, August 2007

Delightful... the storylines are fresh, well-written, and to the point....This book is sure to intrigue AND entertain math enthusiasts, young and old alike. I enjoyed it a lot.

[Hathout's] first book is an engaging collection of short mathematical mystery stories ... although this book is clearly aimed at an audience of talented high school students, it may also interest lower-level undergraduate students.

It's time for Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Inspector Maigret, Adam Dalgliesh, and even Charlie Eppes to step aside; there is a new kid on the block...

In a way, this book is about mathematics. But the mathematical tasks come in an unforseen guise. They come all of a sudden. I have to admit that I took delight in reading [this book].

Amazingly, the author is a high school student himself. He has managed to hide intriguing math problems within cleverly written criminal mysteries including murder and fraud. Readers are invited to challenge their own wits and try to solve the mysteries themselves

About the Author

Leith Hathout, an accomplished young mathematician and a mystery enthusiast, is a high school student in California. He began participating in national mathematics competitions at the age of 9, eventually winning several awards at the national level and achieving a perfect score on the California Math League exam. Outside of his studies, he excels at playing SET and is a nationally ranked foil fencer.

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150 pages


Leith Hathout
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A K Peters an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc

Publication date

23rd April 2007



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