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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.

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...

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...

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...

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

Native American Mathematics

by MIchael P. Closs

There is no question that native cultures in the New World exhibit many forms of mathematical development. This Native American mathematics can best be described by considering the nature of the concepts found...

The Equation that Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry

by Mario Livio

What do the music of J. S. Bach, the basic forces of nature, Rubik's Cube, and the selection of mates have in common? They are all characterized by certain symmetries. Symmetry is the concept that bridges the...

Beautiful Geometry

by Eli Maor & Eugen Jost

If you've ever thought that mathematics and art don't mix, this stunning visual history of geometry will change your mind. As much a work of art as a book about mathematics, Beautiful Geometry presents more...

Mathematics for the Nonmathematician

by Morris Kline

Practical, scientific, philosophical, and artistic problems have caused men to investigate mathematics. But there is one other motive which is as strong as any of these—the search for beauty. Mathematics is...

Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers

by Charles Seife

From the author of Zero, comes this "admirable salvo against quantitative bamboozlement by the media and the government" (The Boston Globe)

In Zero, Charles Seife presented readers with a thrilling account of...

The Parrot's Theorem

by Denis Guedj

Mr. Ruche, a Parisian bookseller, receives a bequest from a long lost friend in the Amazon of a vast library of math books, which propels him into a great exploration of the story of mathematics. Meanwhile Max,...

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

by Charles Seife

The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Now it threatens the foundations of modern physics. For centuries the power of zero savored...

Five Equations That Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics

by Michael Guillen

A Publishers Weekly best book of 1995!

Dr. Michael Guillen, known to millions as the science editor of ABC's Good Morning America, tells the fascinating stories behind five mathematical equations.

As a regular...

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

by John Allen Paulos

In this lively volume, mathematician John Allen Paulos employs his singular wit to guide us through an unlikely mathematical jungle—the pages of the daily newspaper. From the Senate and sex to celebrities and...

History of Functional Analysis

by J. Dieudonne

History of Functional Analysis

The Physicists

by Daniel J. Kevles

This magnificent account of the coming of age of physics in America has been heralded as the best introduction to the history of science in the United States. Unsurpassed in its breadth and literary style, Kevles's...

The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told through Equations

by Dana Mackenzie

Most popular books about science, and even about mathematics, tiptoe around equations as if they were something to be hidden from the reader's tender eyes. Dana Mackenzie starts from the opposite premise: He...

British Logic in the Nineteenth Century

by Dov M. Gabbay & John Woods

The present volume of the Handbook of the History of Logic is designed to establish 19th century Britain as a substantial force in logic, developing new ideas, some of which would be overtaken by, and other...

Black Mischief: Language, Life, Logic, Luck (Second Edition)

by David Berlinski

From the Preface to the Second Edition:

“This book will not take the casual reader to the cutting edge of research. Nor is it meant to. What I am after in Black Mischief is the moment in which various lines...

Mathematical Logic