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Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"

by Andrew Hodges & Douglas Hofstadter

It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation...

Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

by Ellen Kaplan & Robert Kaplan

The untold history of the most famous relation in mathematics and what it illustrates about the nature of human reasoning.

Deep Thinking: What Mathematics Can Teach Us About the Mind

by William Byers

There is more than one way to think. Most people are familiar with the systematic, rule-based thinking that one finds in a mathematical proof or a computer program. But such thinking does not produce breakthroughs...

Robert Recorde: The Life and Times of a Tudor Mathematician

by Gareth Roberts & Fenny Smith

The inventor of the equals sign (=), Robert Recorde (1510?-1558) was the first English-writing mathematics educator: this book celebrates his work.

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014

by Mircea Pitici

This annual anthology brings together the year’s finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics...

A History of Mathematics

by Carl B. Boyer & Uta C. Merzbach

The updated new edition of the classic and comprehensive guide to the history of mathematics

For more than forty years, A History of Mathematics has been the reference of choice for those looking to learn about...

John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy

by Julian Havil

John Napier (1550–1617) is celebrated today as the man who invented logarithms—an enormous intellectual achievement that would soon lead to the development of their mechanical equivalent in the slide rule:...

Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartes

by Roshdi Rashed

This book follows the development of classical mathematics and the relation between work done in the Arab and Islamic worlds and that undertaken by the likes of Descartes and Fermat.

'Early modern,' mathematics...

Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics

by Zvi Artstein

In this accessible and illuminating study of how the science of mathematics developed, a veteran math researcher and educator looks at the ways in which  our evolutionary makeup is both a help and a hindrance...

Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics: Mathematics, History and Politics in the Work of Wu Wen-Tsun

by Jiri Hudecek

Twentieth-century China has been caught between a desire to increase its wealth and power in line with other advanced nations, which, by implication, means copying their institutions, practices and values, whilst...

Makers of Mathematics

by Stuart Hollingdale

Fascinating and highly readable, this book recounts the history of mathematics as revealed in the lives and writings of the most distinguished practitioners of the art: Archimedes, Descartes, Fermat, Pascal,...

The KAM Story: A Friendly Introduction to the Content, History, and Significance of Classical Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser Theory

by H Scott Dumas

This is a semi-popular mathematics book aimed at a broad readership of mathematically literate scientists, especially mathematicians and physicists who are not experts in classical mechanics or KAM theory, and...

Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet

by John Bemelmans Marciano

The intriguing tale of why the United States has never adopted the metric system, and what that says about us.

The American standard system of measurement is a unique and odd thing to behold with its esoteric,...

The Magic of Numbers

by Eric Temple Bell

From one of the foremost interpreters for lay readers of the history and meaning of mathematics: a stimulating account of the origins of mathematical thought and the development of numerical theory. It probes...

Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

by Victor J. Katz & Karen Hunger Parshall

What is algebra? For some, it is an abstract language of x’s and y’s. For mathematics majors and professional mathematicians, it is a world of axiomatically defined constructs like groups, rings, and fields....

The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

by David Berlinski

Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. And for over two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid’s Elements...

Making Mathematics More Practical: Implementation in the Schools

by Yew Hoong Leong, Eng Guan Tay & Khiok Seng Quek

The book Making Mathematics Practical (published by World Scientific in 2011) proposes a new paradigm in teaching problem solving in secondary school mathematics classrooms. It is a report of the research project...

Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers

by Joseph Mazur

While all of us regularly use basic math symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols weren’t available before the sixteenth century. What did mathematicians...

Non-Euclidean Geometry

by Roberto Bonola

Examines various attempts to prove Euclid's parallel postulate — by the Greeks, Arabs and Renaissance mathematicians. It considers forerunners and founders such as Saccheri, Lambert, Legendre, W. Bolyai, Gauss,...

Mathematical Olympiad in China (2009-2010): Problems and Solutions

by Bin Xiong & Peng Yee Lee

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a competition for high school students. China has taken part in the IMO 21 times since 1985 and has won the top ranking for countries 14 times, with a multitude...