100 Best Books About Mathematics

Books about all areas of mathematics including the history of mathematics, recreational mathematics, and any other book exploring the wonders of math.

1. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Douglas R. Hofstadter (11,830)

2. Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem Simon Singh (8,787)

3. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions Edwin A. Abbott (7,453)

4. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography Simon Singh (6,650)

5. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth Paul Hoffman (3,381)

6. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea Charles Seife (3,305)

7. A Beautiful Mind Sylvia Nasar (2,998)

8. Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics William Dunham (2,922)

9. What Is Mathematics?: An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods Richard Courant (2,761)

10. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives Leonard Mlodinow (2,747)

11. Euclid’s Elements Euclid (2,301)

12. How to Lie with Statistics Darrell Huff (2,240)

13. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan Robert Kanigel (1,924)

14. The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy (1,852)

15. The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure Hans Magnus Enzensberger (1,740)

16. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession Apostolos Doxiadis (1,732)

17. A Mathematician’s Apology G.H. Hardy (1,643)

18. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character Richard Feynman(1,540)

19. Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in MathematicsJohn Derbyshire (1,529)

20. The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity Steven H. Strogatz (1,503)

21. Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson (1,501)

22. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences John Allen Paulos (1,472)

23. Men Of Mathematics Eric Temple Bell (1,394)

24. Monster’s Battle Book 1 Othen Donald Dale Cummings (1,300)

25. A History of π Petr Beckmann (1,264)

26. Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math Alex Bellos (1,247)

27. Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra John Derbyshire (1,193)

28. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory Albert Einstein (1,188)

29. The Princeton Companion to Mathematics Timothy Gowers (1,177)

30. A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking (1,116)

31. A Mathematician’s Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form Paul Lockhart (1,023)

32. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t Nate Silver (969)

33. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets Nassim Nicholas Taleb (919)

34. Proofs from THE BOOK Martin Aigner (915)

35. The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number Mario Livio (913)

36. The Colossal Book of Mathematics Martin Gardner (871)

37. I Am a Strange Loop Douglas R. Hofstadter (813)

38. Letters to a Young Mathematician Ian Stewart (809)

39. An Imaginary Tale: The Story of the Square Root of Minus One Paul J. Nahin (807)

40. The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities William Dunham (780)

41. Geometry and the Imagination David Hilbert (754)

42. The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics Clifford A. Pickover (753)

43. The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures Malba Tahan (740)

44. The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry Mario Livio (716)

45. Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers Jan Gullberg (707)

46. The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and the Laws of Physics Roger Penrose (652)

47. The Mathematical Experience Philip J. Davis (645)

48. The Parrot’s Theorem Denis Guedj (640)

49. Number: The Language of Science Tobias Dantzig (633)

50. A Tour of the Calculus David Berlinski (612)

51. e: the Story of a Number Eli Maor (606)

52. Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace Leonard Mlodinow(604)

53. From Here to Infinity Ian Stewart (591)

54. Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality Edward Frenkel (588)

55. Gödel’s Proof Ernest Nagel (575)

56. Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order Steven H. Strogatz (569)

57. Mathematics Form and Function Saunders Mac Lane (566)

58. Prisoner’s Dilemma William Poundstone (559)

59. Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science Ronald L. Graham (545)

60. The Poincaré Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe Donal O’Shea (517)

61. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Dava Sobel (516)

62. My Brain is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos Bruce Schechter (504)

63. Asimov on Numbers Isaac Asimov (487)

64. How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method George Pólya (481)

65. Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction Timothy Gowers (473)

66. In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World Ian Stewart (470)

67. The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe Roger Penrose (466)

68. Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering Steven H. Strogatz (463)

69. Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles and the Frailty of Knowledge William Poundstone(453)

70. Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century Masha Gessen(430)

71. Mathematical Sorcery Calvin C. Clawson (410)

72. Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits John D. Barrow (408)

73. Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So Ian Stewart (407)

74. The Math Olympian Richard Hoshino (400)

75. God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed History Stephen Hawking (395)

76. Math, Better Explained: Learn to Unlock Your Math Intuition Kalid Azad (392)

77. Math and Magic in Wonderland Lilac Mohr (382)

78. The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book Is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity’s Greatest Scientist Reviel Netz (379)

79. The Silicon Jungle Shumeet Baluja (374)

80. Chaos: Making a New Science James Gleick (371)

81. Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity David Foster Wallace (370)

82. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Nassim Nicholas Taleb (369)

83. The Principles of Mathematics Bertrand Russell (362)

84. The Mismeasure of Man Stephen Jay Gould (361)

85. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer David Leavitt(355)

86. Concepts of Modern Mathematics Ian Stewart (354)

87. Fermat’s Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem Amir D. Aczel (344)

88. Mathematics: Is God Silent? James Nickel (337)

89. Mathematical Mysteries Calvin C. Clawson (329)

90. The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless John D. Barrow (327)

91. Indiscrete Thoughts Gian-Carlo Rota (327)

92. How to Take a Chance Darrell Huff (323)

93. Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truths of Mathematics John Stillwell (321)

94. Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology David S. Richeson (321)

95. Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos Ian Stewart (317)

96. The Calculus Wars Jason Socrates Bardi (314)

97. How to Cut a Cake: And Other Mathematical Conundrums Ian Stewart (309)

98. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension Matt Parker (303)

99. Calculus [With CDROM] James Stewart (299)

100. Math and the Mona Lisa Bulent Atalay (295)

Source: https://www.goodreads.com

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