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Yesterday, I've found this. It's a PDF file with this purpose, from Oxford.

Some weeks ago I've also found two books tha seems to fill this purpose:

I'm not searching for something specific as I still have no idea on what I want to do with mathematics, then you can suggest books with guidance for any level of mathematical study.

Thanks in advance.

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the book by Halmos is interesting, but will not tell you a great deal about mathematics. You may like Polya's little book How to Prove it. –  André Nicolas Aug 11 '12 at 0:37
Community Wiki? –  Galois Group Aug 11 '12 at 1:00
I can't find the community Wiki. –  Vÿska Aug 11 '12 at 3:04
@AndréNicolas Can this book help me to find a way on mathematics? I thought It could only suggest some heuristics for math problem solving. –  Vÿska Aug 11 '12 at 5:26
@GustavoBandeira: So you are looking for information of what the study of mathematics would entail? At what stage are you now? –  André Nicolas Aug 11 '12 at 5:29

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I suggest you read Letters to a Young Mathematician by Ian Stwart. It describes informally what mathematics is and what mathematicians do. When you have done some college level mathematics already and wish to survey the branches of mathematics, you may take a look at The Princeton Companion to Mathematics edited by Fields medallist Timothy Gowers.

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You decided to read my questions! =) –  Vÿska Aug 20 '12 at 1:46
I've looked the Princeton Companion, but it's a little hard now. But I know it's a great resource for surveying. –  Vÿska Aug 20 '12 at 1:57
My recommendation, as well. –  amWhy Nov 27 '12 at 0:04

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