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Recommended Books - Mathematics

Here are some of the recommended books you can read to help you in Mathematics. You can also see your teacher for more information:


The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh - a readable introduction to various mathematical concepts, including π, e, infinity, prime numbers, probability, topology, Fermat's last theorem, cryptography, and "Ramanujan numbers", otherwise known as "taxicab numbers".

The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking by Simon Singh - The Code Book is a history of man’s urge to uncover the secrets of codes, from Egyptian puzzles to modern day computer encryptions. Simon Singh also investigates other codes, the unravelling of genes and the rediscovery of ancient languages and most tantalisingly, the Beale ciphers, an unbroken code that could hold the key to a $20 million treasure.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel - Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of animal behaviour, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton - Nature has laws, and they can be expressed in the language of mathematics. Using nothing more complicated than Euclid's geometry, Newton developed his laws of motion and gravity, applying them to the motion of the planets and strange wobbles in the position of the Moon. He famously said that he "stood on the shoulders of giants", and so he did, but this book set the scientific world alight. No mathematical book has had more impact.

To Infinity and Beyond by Eli Maor - What’s infinity? What it is its impact on mathematics and what are its cultural implications that it holds? These questions are clearly answered in this book which provides a beautiful exposition that is accessible to anyone.

1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics by David Acheson - What this book proves is that Maths is a science of discovery - it's not about weirdo geniuses making up complex equations to confuse everyone else. You'll learn that things like pi and e can be found in real life - and thereby realise that they were discovered, not invented. You'll also find that the "Indian Rope Trick" is actually possible, in the right conditions.

Why Do Buses Come in Threes by Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham - This book makes Maths a lot of fun and it tells you about many different ways in which Maths can be used in real-life.

Break the Code: Cryptography for Beginners by Bud Johnson - This is a great book for beginners in the subject of cryptology. (Cryptography = creating cyphers; cryptoanalysis = decyphering them). The author was a real-life cryptologist in the military, and this book shares his experience with you.


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