TheBookBucketChallenge is a great thing… And I thought that I should do it for you.. So here are (in no specific order) the books that influenced me, mathematical speaking…
1.’The elephant in the classroom : helping children learn and love maths’ by Jo Boaler
2.’Alex’s Adventures in Numberland’ by Alex Bellos
3.’What Counts: How Every Brain is Hardwired for Math’ by Brian Butterworth
4.’The Science of Secrecy - The secret history of codes and code-breaking’ by Simon Singh
5.’Numbers without End’ by Cornelius Lanczos
6.’What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods’ by Ian Stewart, Herbert Robbins, Richard Courant
7.’It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science’ edited by Graham Farmelo
8.’The Language of Mathematics - Making the Invisible Visible’
by Keith Devlin
9.’Mathematical Fallacies and Paradoxes’
and my a childhood book: 10.’Chasing Vermeer’ by Blue Balliett
I would like to see you all share with me some of your math favorite books, and I would like to nominate others for this challenge: @curiosamathematica; ifyourelisteningurtheresistance; mathlover1530; mathprofessorquotes; nobel-mathematician; visualizingmath; ljiljana147.
Also share this challenge with everyone, spread the books…
Thanks for nominating me, ioanaiuliana21! I can say, without a doubt, that the number one book that has influenced me mathematically is The Math Book by Clifford Pickover. I read that book from cover to cover in 8th grade and I loved it, and it’s where I’d look to for inspiration back when I had time to write posts.
The book is wonderful. There are so many cool topics…Mobius Strip, Klein Bottle, Gabriel’s Horn, Boy’s Surface, Rubik’s Cube, Golden Ratio, Imaginary Numbers, Magic Squares…you name it. It’s all in chronological order according to discovery/invention. Best part: every other page is a large, high-quality picture of its corresponding topic which satisfies my need for visualizations. I remember first discovering the book in my public library and thinking, “This is what I have always been looking for…”.