High School and/or Adult Mathematics
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► A family favorite of ours.
(See also Math Fiction list and Biographies for high school and adult reading)
A Mathematician Reads The Newspaper; John Allen Paulos
Algebra Unplugged ► Amdahl, Kenn/Loats, Jim
Algebra Survival Guide ► (I’ve used this with middle elementary children as well)
All the Math You'll Ever Need by Steve Slavin. General Math - great refresher, very few problems.
Bridges to Infinity: The Human Side to Mathematics ►by Guillen, Michael
Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach by Morris Kline – I really like this book, email the publisher and they will send you an answer key to the problem sets
Calculus By and For Young People by Don Cohen
Calculus The Easy Way, Downing, Douglas, Story version of calculus, interesting way to review especially
Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson, a classic, get the edition with forward by Martin Gardner
Chaos by James Gleik. Math in nature & science. Great color pictures
The Colossal Book of Mathematics: Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems by Martin Gardner
Demathtifying - Demystifying Mathematics by Ilan Samson
Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills
The Einstein Paradox: And Other Science Mysteries Solved By Sherlock Holmes
Euclid's Elements, Vol 1, w/comments, Dover Press. Geometry, classical math.
Euclid's Window: the Story of Geometry ► From Parallel Lines to Hyperspace; good beginning young adult chapter, recommended w/caveat last chapter has profanity in a quote (not gratuitous); not for the younger ones
Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Question
Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos
Galileo's Commandment: An Anthology of Great Science Writing z Original works
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid ► Hofstadter, Douglas R. – Advanced but an interested child can read it, more for adults, math in many contexts, Pulitzer Price Winner Classic
The Golden Mean: Mathematics and the Fine Arts by Linn, Charles
Great Feuds in Mathematics: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever
The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking by Starbird and This is a textbook, but very different from most.
Joy of Thinking Video Series – (Teaching Company Series www.teach12.com) accessible to middle school level on up, or parent resource
The Language of Mathematics : Making the Invisible Visible Keith Devlin
Letters to a Young Mathematician (Art of Mentoring) by Ian Stewart, a very nice read, as much for parents as kids, see review
The Living Clock: The Orchestrator of Biological Rhythms by John Palmer – on biological timepieces
Logic and Design: In Art, Science and Mathematics by Barratt, Krome
The Math Behind Wall Street
Math and Music: Harmonious Connections
Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci by Bulent Atalay Review
Math and Mathematicians: The History of Math Discoveries. Four volumes edited by Leonard C. Bruno, A bit expensive, but worth it if you want a comprehensive but readable math history resource
The Mathematical Tourist, Peterson, Ivan 1998 Math in nature, life
The Mathematical Experience, by Philip J. Davis, Reuben Hersh
Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd by Gardner, Martin 1959Logic, math puzzles, a classic
Mathematics, A Human Endeavor ►by Harold Jacobs, A Book for Those Who Think They Don't Like the Subject
Mathematics - It's Magic & Mastery z Aaron Blakst, see review by Julie
Mathematics: The Science of Patterns: The Search for Order in Life, Mind and...
Mathematics and the Imagination, ► Edward Kasner and James Newman classic
Mathematics for the Million, Hogben, Lancelot, z Math history, lots of math, can be intimidating if you can't learn to skip what you don't get
Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Guillberg. HS or Adult level
Mathematics - Its Magic & Mastery ► Aaron Blakst, see review by Julie
Mathematics in Art by Holt, Michael
Mathematics, Magic and Mystery by Martin Gardner
Mathographics ► by Robert Dixon - Wonderful designs to do the ancient way w/compass and then w/programming, can be a whole year's math blending Euclidean geometry with basic algebra and trigonometry
The Mobius Strip: Dr. August Mobius's Marvelous Band in Mathematics, Games, Literature, Art, Technology, and Cosmology – high school and adult level
The Music of the Primes by Marcus Du Sautoy
The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics ►
On the Shoulders of Giants ► Hawking, Stephen
The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Mathematics ► by David Wells, Very entertaining book of anecdotes about scientists and mathematicians
The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Numbers ► by David Wells, similar book such as Curious and Interesting Mathematics.
Realm of Algebra ► Asimov, Isaac. Classic Asimov , but alas, OOP and hard to find
Realm of Measure ► Asimov, Isaac, equally as good for simplicity and readability, *why* are these out of print?
Think of a Number by Lines M E – readable book, adult level
Trigonometry The Easy Way, Downing, Douglas. Story version of the subject, not bad although a bit contrived.
Which Door Has the Cadillac? Vazsonyi, Andrew 2002 Mathematical thinking. Personal stories, lots of history
Who Is Fourier? A Mathematical Adventure
Works of Archimedes. Edited by T.L. Heath. Classical math & science
The World of Mathematics : A Four-Volume Set (back in print) ► James Newman, fantanstic resource for math history, as much about the people as well as the math
The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics
Math History and Culture
Africa Counts, by Claudia Zaslavsky is a unique resource for understanding other cultures and math development. Adult text, readable, activities suggested.
Ancient Mathematics (Sciences of Antiquity) by Serafina Cuomo
Archimedes: What Did He Do Beside Cry Eureka?
Beginnings and Blunders: Or Before Science Began by Hogben
The Crest of the Peacock, George Gheverghese Joseph, excellent resource on non-European roots of mathematics, adult level.
The Day the Universe Changed: How Galileo's Telescope Changed The Truth &Other Events in History by
Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas
From Five Fingers to Infinity, A Journey Through the History of Mathematics, Frank Swetz – A series of essays through the history of mathematics emphasizing the human element of math. Text is more readable than most math histories I've run across, with numerous clear diagrams / pictures.
The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages Edward Grant
The History Of Pi by Beckmann, Peter
History of Science: Antiquity to 1700 (Teaching Company Series www.teach12.com) Parent resource (college level)
Mathematics Elsewhere: An Exploration of Ideas Across Cultures
The Measure of All Things, Ken Adler
The Measure of Reality, Crosby, Alfred W., History of quantification
The Mechanization of the World Picture: Pythagoras Dijksterhuis, E. J.
The Principia, Newton, Translated by Cohen/Whitman. Classical math & science
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, Charles Seife
A Concise History of Mathematics, Dirk J. Struik - Concise it is :o). A bit dry to read, but a classic reference.
Probabiity and Statistics
Cartoon Guide To Statistics, Gonick, Larry. Some questionable material for some parents, but what I’ve seen in this book is okay
Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
How To Lie With Charts, Jones, Gerald Everett, Understanding data
How To Lie With Statistics, Huff, Darrell, 1954, dated but very good book on statistic, how they are often misused.
A Mathematician Reads The Newspaper; Paulos, John Allen 1995 Advanced level, well written, great for hs on up
Struck By Lightning
Wooden Books and Small Format Topic Books
A Little Book of Coincidence, by John Martineau
Li: Dynamic Form in Nature, Wade, David. Math in Nature
Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music, Ashton, Anthony
Megaliths and Calendars, Discoveries Series by Abrams – Wonderful pictures in these books
Platonic & Archimedean Solids, Sutton, Daud
Sacred Geometry, Lundy, Miranda
Stonehenge, by Robin Heath
Sun, Moon, & Earth, by Robin Heath
Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae, by Matthew Watkins
Teaching / Learning Resources
Agnesi to Zeno: Over 100 Vignettes from the History of Math, Sanderson Smith, teaching resource approx. hs level - much better value than Classic Math
The Economy in Cartoons by MindSparks. Math in economics. Teacher resource notes
Fascinating Fibonaccis: Mystery and Magic in Numbers
The Equation for Excellence: How to Make Your Child Excel at Math
Famous Problems and Their Mathematicians by Art Johnson
How To Solve It ►► Polya, George1957 Problem solving, a classic must read. Don't be discouraged by the math, move through it if you don't understand it, the principles and method are what count.
Classic Math Johnson, Art, Math history, bios, quotes, literature - more accessible for beginners
Good Questions for Math Teaching, Grades 5-8: Why Ask Them And What to Ask, Grades 5-8
Pascal's Triangle: A Teacher's Guide With Blackline Masters
I am looking over the list at http://www.kolmogorov.com/ for additional ideas