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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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This groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize-winning book sets the standard for interdisciplinary writing, exploring the patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt Godel, artist M.C. Escher, and composer Johann Sebastian Bach.... (read more)

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Mathematics in Civilization, Third Edition (Dover Books on Mathematics)
Mathematics in Civilization, Third Edition (Dover Books on Mathematics)
by Howard L. Resnikoff
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Space flight, computers, lasers, and information technology―these are but a few examples of the spectacular growth, development, and far-reaching applications of mathematics. But what of the field's past? Upon which intellectual milestones were... (read more)

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How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
by Jordan Ellenberg
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The Freakonomics of math — a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands. The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In... (read more)

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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
by Charles Seife
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It is difficult to imagine being scared of a number?or the absence of a number. Yet, as Charles Seife explains at the beginning of Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, "for ancient peoples zero was a foreign — and frightening... (read more)

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Quadrivium (Wooden Books)
Quadrivium (Wooden Books)
by Miranda Lundy
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The quadrivium—the classical curriculum—comprises the four liberal arts of number, geometry, music, and cosmology. It was studied from antiquity to the Renaissance as a way of glimpsing the nature of reality. Geometry is number in... (read more)

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions)
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Edwin A Abbott
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This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years. The work of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926),... (read more)

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Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality
by Edward Frenkel
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A New York Times Science Bestseller What if you had to take an art class in which you were only taught how to paint a fence? What if you were never shown the paintings of van Gogh and Picasso, werent even told they existed? Alas, this is how math is... (read more)

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Foundations of Arithmetic 2ND Edition Rev
Foundations of Arithmetic 2ND Edition Rev
by Gottlob Frege
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The Foundations of Arithmetic is undoubtedly the best introduction to Frege's thought; it is here that Frege expounds the central notions of his philosophy, subjecting the views of his predecessors and contemporaries to devastating analysis. The book... (read more)

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The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
by Malba Tahan
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Malba Tahan is the creation of a celebrated Brazilian mathematician who was looking for a way to bring some of the mysteries and delights of mathematics to a wider public. He turned out to be a born storyteller. The adventures of Beremiz Samir, , take... (read more)

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The Universal History of Numbers
The Universal History of Numbers
by Georges Ifrah
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A riveting history of counting and calculating from the time of the cave dwellers to the late twentieth century, The Universal History of Numbers is the first complete account of the invention and evolution of numbers the world over. As different... (read more)

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Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free
Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free
by Ellen Kaplan
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Who hasnt feared the math Minotaur in its labyrinth of abstractions? The subject can seem convoluted and forbidding. Yet to do mathematics is to wrestle with “accessible mysteries”—and Out of the Labyrinth shows how exhilarating the... (read more)

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Euclid's Window : Story of Geometry From Parallel Lines To Hyperspace (01 Edition)
Euclid's Window : Story of Geometry From Parallel Lines To Hyperspace (01 Edition)
by Leonard Mlodinow
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Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing... (read more)

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The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of
The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of
by Sharon Bertsch Mcgrayne
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"McGrayne holds the hand of the general reader as she lays out the history of the theorem and how it is now used in just about every walk of life… Science writing at its absolute peak."—The Bookseller Physics Today - Scott L... (read more)

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Fermats Enigma the Epic Quest To Solve the Worlds Greatest Mathematical Problem
Fermats Enigma the Epic Quest To Solve the Worlds Greatest Mathematical Problem
by Simon Singh
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"I have discovered a truly marvelous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain". With these tantalizing words the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations. What came to be known as... (read more)

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The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
by Alex Bellos
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From the bestselling author of Here's Looking at Euclid, a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrative. From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes... (read more)

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The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
by Steven Strogatz
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Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas... (read more)

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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
by Sylvia Nasar
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How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. "Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the... (read more)

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Designa: Technical Secrets of the Traditional Visual Arts (Wooden Books)
Designa: Technical Secrets of the Traditional Visual Arts (Wooden Books)
by Adam Tetlow
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From the geometric patterns of Islamic art and design to the swirling floral motifs of Celtic art, Designa brings together six elegant and insightful short volumes from the Wooden Books series on art and design including Islamic Design, Celtic Pattern... (read more)

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Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas
Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas
by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
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A book for the eternally curious, Coincidences fuses a professor’s understanding of the hidden mathematical skeleton of the universe with the sensibility of a stand-up comedian, making life’s big questions accessible and compelling. Each chapter... (read more)

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Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers
Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers
by Karl Menninger
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'The historian of mathematics will find much to interest him here . . . while the casual reader is likely to be intrigued by the author's superior narrative ability." — Library Journal This book is not only a fascinating introduction to the... (read more)

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