30 Great Popular Math Books

This is the 2nd in the draft purge series where I’m throwing stuff out

I put this list together on Amazon when I was teaching at the Art Institute of Houston back in October 2002. I wanted the library to purchase a few – but they bought them all!

It was fun to go through the list and see what I’ve read and haven’t read. And what’s still around!

Enjoy it, share your thoughts and tweet the list!

Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians by Luetta

Reimer and Wilbert Reimer (and now they have the part 2)

Of Men and Numbers: The Story of the Great Mathematicians by Jane Muir

Men of Mathematics by Eric Temple Bell

Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary by Charlene Morrow and Teri Perl (Seems this one is out of print now – bummer! But the next one isn’t!)

Women in Mathematics by Lynn M. Osen

Women in Mathematics: The Addition of Difference (Race, Gender, and Science) by Claudia Henrion

An Imaginary Tale: The Story of i by Paul J. Nahin

To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite by Eli Maor

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife

Math in the Real World of Design and Art: Geometry, Measurements, and Projections by Shirley Cook

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland by Cindy Neuschwander (Cool that I picked this one so many years ago and I randomly chose it again a few weeks ago to write about!)

Cartooning with Math by Bill Costello

Exploration with Tesselmania with Disk by Joe Britton (Out of print, but seems you can still get the . Makes me curious.)

Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh

Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So by Ian Stewart (also on Kindle)

Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art by Ivars Peterson

Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions: The First Scientific American Book of Puzzles and Games by Martin Gardner (Sadly, out of print. *sigh*)

Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainments by Martin Gardner (Also out of print. But Gardner has another one that’s still around.)

Nature’s Numbers: The Unreal Reality Of Mathematics by Ian Stewart

Polyominoes: Puzzles, Patterns, Problems, and Packings by Solomon W. Golomb

Symmetry in Chaos: A Search for Pattern in Mathematics, Art, and Nature by Mike Field (pretty expensive)

The Annotated Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott, Ian Stewart (and in Kindle)

The Eight by Katherine Neville (It’s a novel!)

The Fractal Murders by Mark Cohen

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan (my favorite!)

The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World by A. K. Dewdney (and in Kindle)

The Second Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions by Martin Gardner (Out of print, but here’s a cool puzzle book in honor of Gardner.)

The Universe in a Handkerchief: Lewis Carroll’s Mathematical Recreations, Games, Puzzles, and Word Plays by Martin Gardner (Woohoo! Still available!)

Zimmerman’s Algorithm by S. Andrew Swann (Out of print, but a fun book to read if you find it at a second hand bookstore.)

The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns and Gordon Silveria

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