Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mathematics for Everyone

Mathematics is everywhere. Hence, it  is for everyone. Mathematical concepts, simple to complex,  are explained by great mathematicians and writers of the recent centuries in popular formats. Many of these monographs are enjoyable by even those who do not have any previous knowledge in Mathematics or science. They are addictive! You start reading, you stop reading! This collection is dedicated to all my students who helped me improve my interest in Mathematics. Read and Enjoy!

  1. A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar
  2. A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design by Frank Wilczek
  3. A Certain Ambiguity - A Mathematical Novel by Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal
  4. A Curious History of Mathematics by Joel Levy
  5. A History of π by Petr Beckmann
  6. A Mathematician Plays the Market by John Allen Paulos
  7. A Mathematician's Apology by C. P. Snow and G. H. Hardy
  8. A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science by Barbara Oakley
  9. A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
  10. A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians by Amir D. Aczel
  11. Adventures of a Mathematician by Stanislaw M. Ulam
  12. Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
  13. Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life by Alex Bellos
  14. Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos
  15. Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian
  16. An Imaginary Tale: The Story of the Square Root of Minus One by Paul J. Nahin
  17. Another Fine Math You've Got Me into by  Ian Stewart
  18. Birth of Theorem by Cedric Villaini
  19. Book of Proof by Richard Heath Hammack
  20. Borges and Mathematics by Guillermo Martinez
  21. Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Mario Livio
  22. Descartes' Secret Notebook: A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe by Amir D. Aczel
  23. Dr Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills by Paul J. Nahin
  24. Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics by Amir R. Alexander
  25. e: the Story of a Number by Eli Maor
  26. Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel by John Stillwell
  27. Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow
  28. Euler: The Master of Us All by William Dunham
  29. Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh
  30. Fermat's last theorem by Amir D. Aczel
  31. Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh
  32. Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician's Journey Through Symmetry by Marcus Du Sautoy
  33. Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers by Amir D. Aczel
  34. Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
  35. Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So by Ian Stewart
  36. Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales by Theoni Pappas
  37. From One to Zero by Georges Ifrah
  38. From 0 to Infinity in 26 Centuries: The Extraordinary Story of Maths by Chris Waring
  39. Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
  40. Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant by Julian Havil
  41. Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts
  42. God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History by Stephen Hawking
  43. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  44. God's Equation by Amir D. Aczel
  45. Gösta Mittag-Leffler: A Man of Conviction by Arild Stubhaug
  46. Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music by Anthony Ashton
  47. Henri Poincaré: A Scientific Biography by Jeremy Gray
  48. Here's Looking at Euclid by Alex Bellos
  49. Hidden In Plain Sight 6: Why Three Dimensions? by Andrew Thomas
  50. How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics by William Byers
  51. How Not to be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg
  52. How to Bake Pi Eugenia Cheng
  53. How to Prove It: A Structured Approach by Daniel J. Velleman
  54. How to Solve it: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by George Polya
  55. How to Think Like a Mathematician: A Companion to Undergraduate Mathematics by Kevin Houston 
  56. I Want to Be a Mathematician: An Automathography by Paul R. Halmos
  57. Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People by Stephen Wolfram
  58. Imagining Numbers by Barry Mazur
  59. In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World by Ian Stewart
  60. Infinity: Beyond the Beyond the Beyond by Hugh Gray Lieber, Lillian R. Lieber and Barry Mazur
  61. Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin
  62. Is God a Mathematician? and other musings by Narendra Murty
  63. Is God a Mathematician? by Benjamin Franklin
  64. Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio
  65. Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham
  66. Kerala Mathematics history and its possible transmission to Europe by George Gheverghese Joseph
  67. Language of Mathematics by Keith Devlin
  68. Life's Other Secret: The New Mathematics of the Living World by Ian Stewart
  69. Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics: An Exploration of Unexpected Parallels by V Raghunathan
  70. Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel
  71. Loving and Hating Mathematics: Challenging the Myths of Mathematical Life by Reuben Hersh and Vera John-Steiner
  72. Make Your Own Neural Network by Tariq Rashid
  73. Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker
  74. Math Concepts Everyone Should Know (And Can Learn) by Metin Bektas
  75. Math Stuff by Theoni Pappas
  76. Math Talk: Selected Essays by Theoni Pappas
  77. Math, Better Explained: Learn to Unlock Your Math Intuition by Kalid Azad
  78. Math-A-Day by Theoni Pappas
  79. Mathematical Circles by Fomin Et Al
  80. Mathematical Footprints: Discovering Mathematics Everywhere by Theoni Pappas
  81. Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students′ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler
  82. Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers by Calvin C. Clawson
  83. Mathematical Snippets: Exploring Mathematical Ideas in Small Bites by Theoni Pappas
  84. Mathematical Sorcery by Calvin C. Clawson
  85. Mathematicians are People Too: Vol 1: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians by Luetta Reimer
  86. Mathematicians are People Too: Vol 2: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians by Luetta Reimer
  87. Mathematics and its history by John Stillwell
  88. Mathematics and the Imagination by Edward Kasner, James Roy Newman
  89. Mathematics for the Nonmathematician by Morris Kline
  90. Mathematics, Magic and Mystery by Martin Gardner
  91. Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty by Ron Aharoni
  92. Mathematics: An Illustrated History of Numbers by Tom Jackson
  93. Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg
  94. Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning by A. D. Aleksandrov, A. N. Kolmogorov  and M. A. Lavrent'ev
  95. Mathletics by Wayne L. Winston
  96. Men of Mathematics by E T Bell
  97. My Brain Is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos by Bruce Schechter
  98. My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count by Ken Ono and Amir D. Aczel
  99. Nagel & Newman: Godel's Proof Special by Ernest Nagel and James R. Newman
  100. Niels Henrik Abel and his Times: Called Too Soon by Flames Afar by Arild Stubhaug
  101. Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers by John MacCormick
  102. Number Mysteries by Marcus Du Sautoy
  103. Number and Numbers by Alain Badz
  104. Numbers: The Universal Language by Denis Guedj and Lory Frankel
  105. Of Men & Numbers: The Story of the Great Mathematicians by Jane Muir
  106. On Numbers and Games by John H. Conway
  107. Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
  108. Prime Numbers and the Riemann Hypothesis by Barry Mazur and William Stein
  109. Prime Obsession: Berhhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics by John Derryshire
  110. Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities by Ian Stewart
  111. Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers by Ian Stewart
  112. Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers by Charles Seife
  113. Proofs from the Book by Martin Aligner and Gunter M Ziegler
  114. Puzzles from Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
  115. Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery by Arturo Sangalli
  116. Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof by Burkard Polster
  117. Quite Right: The Story of Mathematics, Measurement, and Money by Norman Biggs
  118. Remarkable Mathematicians: From Euler to Von Neumann by I. M. James, Ioan James and James Ioan
  119. Roads to Infinity: The Mathematics of Truth and Proof by John Stillwell
  120. Short Stories About Numbers by Rajnish Kumar
  121. Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel by Jason Padgett and Maureen Ann Seaberg
  122. Summing It Up: From One Plus One to Modern Number Theory by Avner Ash and Robert Gross
  123. Symmetry and the Monster: One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics by Mark Ronan
  124. Symmetry by Hermann Weyl
  125. Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction by Ian Stewart
  126. Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order by Steven Strogatz
  127. Taming the Infinite: The Story of Mathematics by Ian Stewart
  128. The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
  129. The Art of Mathematics: Coffee Time in Memphis by Béla Bollobás
  130. The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed by Amir D. Aczel
  131. The Book of Numbers by John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy
  132. The Book of Numbers by Richard K Guy and John Horton Conway
  133. The Calculus of Friendship - What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life while Corresponding about Math by Steven Strogatz
  134. The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking by Simon Singh
  135. The Colossal Book of Mathematics - Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes & Problems by Martin Gardner
  136. The Connolly Book of Numbers, Vol 1: The Fundamentals by Eileen Connolly
  137. The Connolly Book of Numbers, Vol II: The Conslutant's Manual by Eileen Connolly
  138. The Constants Of Nature by John D. Barrow
  139. The Crest of the Peacock by George Gheverghese Joseph
  140. The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
  141. The Education of T.C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You by Barry Mazur, Hugh Gray Lieber and Lillian R. Lieber
  142. The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry by Mario Livio
  143. The Fascinating World of Graph Theory by Arthur Benjamin
  144. The Genius of Euler: Reflections on his Life and Work by William Dunham
  145. The Geometry of Art and Life by Matila Ghyka
  146. The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number by Mario Livio
  147. The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret by Scott Olsen
  148. The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible by Lance Fortnow
  149. The Great Mathematical Problems by Ian Stewart
  150. The History of Counting by Denise Schmandt-Besserat and Michael Hays
  151. The History of Zero: Exploring Our Place-Value Number System by Tika Downey
  152. The Honors Class by Ben H Yandell
  153. The Irrationals by Julian Havil
  154. The Joy of Pi by David Blatner
  155. The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz
  156. The Little Green Math Book: 30 Powerful Principles for Building Math and Numeracy Skills by Brandon Royal
  157. The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why by Arthur Benjamin
  158. The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution by Keith J. Devlin
  159. The Man Who Counted - A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan, Leslie Clark, Alastair Reid and Patricia Reid Baquero
  160. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel
  161. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman
  162. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman
  163. The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics by Clifford A. Pickover
  164. The Mathematical Brain by Brian Butterworth
  165. The Mathematical Experience by Elena Anne Marchisotto, Reuben Hersh and Philip J Davis
  166. The Mathematician Sophus Lie by Arild Stubhaug
  167. The Mathematics Devotional by Clifford A. Pickover
  168. The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam by Victor J Katz
  169. The Mind of the Mathematician by Michael Fitzgerald and Ioan James
  170. The Music of Reason: Experience the Beauty of Mathematics Through Quotations by Theoni Pappas
  171. The Music of the Primes by Marcus Du Sautoy
  172. The Mystery of the Aleph by Amir D. Aczel
  173. The Nothing that is: A Natural History of Zero by Robert Kaplan
  174. The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero by Robert M. Kaplan
  175. The Outer Limits of Reason - What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us by Noson S. Yanofsky
  176. The Pea and the Sun: A Mathematical Paradox by Leonard M. Wapner
  177. The Pleasures of Counting by T.W. Körner
  178. The Poincaré Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe by Donal O'Shea
  179. The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss by M. B. W. Tent
  180. The Proof and the Pudding by Jim Henle
  181. The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention That Changed the World by Amir D. Aczel
  182. The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
  183. The Symmetries of Things by John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel and Chaim Goodman-Strauss
  184. The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel by W. L. Bloch
  185. The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer by Georges Ifrah
  186. The Universal History of Numbers: The Computer and the Information Revolution by Georges Ifrah
  187. The Universal History of Numbers: The World's First Number-Systems by Georges Ifrah
  188. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More by Matt Parker
  189. To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite by Eli Maor
  190. Trolling Euclid: An Irreverent Guide to Nine of Mathematics' Most Important Problems by Tom Wright
  191. Unknown Quantity X: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra by John Derbyshire
  192. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil
  193. What Is Mathematics, Really? by Reuben Hersh
  194. What Is Mathematics? by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins
  195. What We Cannot Know by Marcus Du Sautoy
  196. What's Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success by Jo Boaler
  197. Yearning for the impossible by John Stillwell
  198. Zero History by William Gibson
  199. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
  200. 50 Greatest Mathematicians of the World by Rajesh Thakur
  201. 50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know by Tony Crilly


  1. GREAT list, but can't help but add a few more:

    Matt Parker's "Things to Make and Do In the Fourth Dimension" (fun topics)
    Martin Gardner's "The Colossal Book of Mathematics" (classic)
    Siobhan Roberts' "Genius At Play" (fascinating as a biography but also contains math)
    Ed Frenkel's "Love and Math"
    William Byers' "How Mathematicians Think"

    So many wonderful and varied popular math reads out there!