Here is a list of a few great Math books that we believe is a must read for every Math lover!
1. "The Man Who Knew Infinity" by Robert Kanigel
The self-taught Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan had a flair for strange and beautiful formulas, so unusual that mathematicians are still coming to grips with their true meaning. He was born into a poor Brahmin family in 1887 and was pursuing original research in his teens. In 1912, he was brought to work at Cambridge. He died of malnutrition and other unknown causes in 1920, leaving a rich legacy that is still not fully understood. There has never been another mathematical life story like it: absolutely riveting.
2. "What is Mathematics Really?" by Reuben Hersh
The classic text "What is Mathematics?" by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins focused on the subject's nuts and bolts. It answered its title question by example. Hersh takes a more philosophical view, based on his experience as a professional mathematician.
The common working philosophy of most mathematicians is a kind of vague Platonism: mathematical concepts have some sort of independent existence in some ideal world. Although this is what it feels like to insiders, Hersh argues that mathematics is a collective human construct – like money or the Supreme Court. However, it is a construct constrained by its own internal logic; it's not arbitrary. You choose the concepts that interest you, but you don't get to choose how they behave.
3. "Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks" by Persi Diaconis , Ron Graham, Martin Gardner
Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of fun-to-perform card tricks—and the profound mathematical ideas behind them—that will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, step-by-step instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today’s mathematical knowledge.
Diaconis and Graham tell the stories—and reveal the best tricks—of the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. The book exposes old gambling secrets through the mathematics of shuffling cards, explains the classic street-gambling scam of three-card Monte, traces the history of mathematical magic back to the oldest mathematical trick—and much more.
4. "An Imaginary Tale: The Story of 'i' [the square root of minus one]" by Paul J. Nahin
Complex numbers are what puzzle many non-mathematicians the most. It’s intuitively easy to explain rational and real numbers to the layman, but complex numbers are often seen as something mysterious. In this book, Nahin goes the extra mile in his attempt to provide historical details as well as insight into the motivation behind complex analysis, offering a serious introduction to the topic that will also serve many mathematically inclined high schoolers well.
5. "God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History" by Stephen Hawking
The historic introduction to some of the greatest mathematicians who’ve ever walked the face of the earth is worth the cover price alone. But this book is so much more than that, covering a wide range of mathematical topics which have been developed throughout history, in an accessible but rigorous way. It is admittedly more challenging than your average popular math title, but if you already have some mathematical basics mastered and are willing to work through it, you’ll gain a lot of insight about the nature of mathematics and the discoveries made by the giants of math from this excellent book.
6. "A History of Mathematics" by Carl B. Boyer
It is still one of the best and most thorough discussions of how mathematics developed over the past millenia. It starts in with Egyptian and pre-classical mathematics, explaining how simple tasks were complicated by a lack of mathematical tools and then how over time different tools were developed that led to quantum leaps in our understanding of the field. It’s quite a tome, with over 700 pages of details, but it is fully accessible to the non-technical reader.
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