I am preparing a list for my department library, consisting books of mathematics for general readers. I've included The men of mathematics by Bell, Fermat's last theorem by S.Singh , The man who knew infinity and The equation that couldn't be solved. But I need more books to add into my list. Can anyone suggest a few more, where mathematical development of certain concepts/problems or evolution is described in a lucid manner or contains mathematics which everyone can understand. Many thanks!
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- Taming the infinite by Ian Stewart.
- The great mathematical problems by Ian Stewart.
- Does God play dice by Mario Livio
- Golden Ratio by Mario Livio
I would recommend these books:
Journey through Genius
Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula
The Music of the Primes
Gödel's Proof (by Ernest Nagel)
The Code Book
Here are some examples:
- Ian Roulstone, John Norbury: Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather
- Vladimir Arnold: Catastrophe Theory
- Julian Havil: GAMMA
- David Harel: Computers Ltd
- George Szpiro: Kepler's Conjecture
- Malba Tahan: The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures.
I've only read the first couple chapters (so far), but I really like the Springer Undergrad Texts in Mathematics book
Mathematics and its History by John Stillwell
Also, I don't think you can do wrong with Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica - 'twas the book that first roused my interest in matters physick and mathematick.
As well, I don't think one can do better than in the biography department than to walk out with Gauss's life story under his arm. Carl Friedrich Gauss - Titan of Science served as a most pleasant pre-bedtime adventure for a wonderful week of my life.
Mathematics by David Bergamini is good. Some of it (especially the parts about computers) is dated, but much of it is just as valid today as it ever was.