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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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Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
by Amir Alexander
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The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it On August 10, 1632, five leaders of the Society of Jesus convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line... (read more)

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Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century
Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century
by Victor J. Katz
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"Taming the Unknown is well written and informative, and will satisfy any reader with an interest in the history of algebra. Striking just the right balance between general overview and technical detail, this book is a pleasure to read."--Joseph W... (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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"[A] first-rate survey of the world of mathematics by a British practitioner of the art....Great reading for the intellectually curious... (read more)

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The Best Writing on Mathematics (Best Writing on Mathematics)
The Best Writing on Mathematics (Best Writing on Mathematics)
by Mircea Pitici
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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 2013 makes available to a wide audience... (read more)

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Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-On Introduction to Ancient Mathematics
Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-On Introduction to Ancient Mathematics
by David Reimer
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"Reimer gives us a detailed introduction to the mathematics of the ancient Egyptians--from their arithmetic operations to their truncated pyramids--in a beautifully designed volume that is so much easier to read than a papyrus scroll."--William Dunham... (read more)

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The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
by Hans M Enzensberger
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The international best-seller that makes mathematics a thrilling exploration. In twelve dreams, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a Number Devil, who leads him to discover the amazing world of numbers: infinite numbers, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers,... (read more)

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What's Luck Got to Do with It?: The History, Mathematics, and Psychology of the Gambler's Illusion
What's Luck Got to Do with It?: The History, Mathematics, and Psychology of the Gambler's Illusion
by Joseph Mazur
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"Mazur's book treats luck in a fresh light. The philosophy and emotional aspects (along with a little mathematics) are all there. The reader who delves in will be lucky indeed."--Persi Diaconis, Stanford University "Blending math with memoir, probability... (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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What Is Mathematics 2ND Edition Rev
What Is Mathematics 2ND Edition Rev
by Richard Courant
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For more than two thousand years a familiarity with mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person. Today, unfortunately, the traditional place of mathematics in education is in grave danger.... (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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A History in Sum: 150 Years of Mathematics at Harvard (1825-1975)
A History in Sum: 150 Years of Mathematics at Harvard (1825-1975)
by Steve Nadis
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In the twentieth century, American mathematicians began to make critical advances in a field previously dominated by Europeans. Harvard's mathematics department was at the center of these developments. A History in Sum is an inviting account of the... (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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A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form
A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form
by Paul Lockhart
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“One of the best critiques of current mathematics education I have ever seen.”—Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR’s Morning Edition A brilliant research mathematician who has devoted his career to teaching kids reveals math to... (read more)

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The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero
The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero
by Robert Kaplan
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A symbol for what is not there, an emptiness that increases any number it's added to, an inexhaustible and indispensable paradox. As we enter the year 2000, zero is once again making its presence felt. Nothing itself, it makes possible a myriad of... (read more)

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Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty
Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty
by Morris Kline
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Most intelligent people today still believe that mathematics is a body of unshakable truths about the physical world and that mathematical reasoning is exact and infallible. Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty refutes that myth.... (read more)

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Graphic Discovery
Graphic Discovery
by Howard Wainer
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"The use of charts and graphs to make numbers both intelligible and memorable is a surprisingly modern idea. How this idea grew from a curiosity into a basic tool of modern science is a story of remarkable men and curious paradoxes, a story that Howard... (read more)

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Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra
Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra
by John Derbyshire
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For curious nonmathematicians and armchair algebra buffs, John Derbyshire discovers the story behind the formulae, roots, and radicals. As he did so masterfully in Prime Obsession, Derbyshire brings the evolution of mathematical thinking to dramatic life... (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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The Oxford Handbook of the History of Mathematics
The Oxford Handbook of the History of Mathematics
by Oxford
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This Handbook explores the history of mathematics under a series of themes which raise new questions about what mathematics has been and what it has meant to practice it. It addresses questions of who creates mathematics, who uses it, and how. A broader... (read more)

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