There are thousands of books and articles that capture the spirit of mathematics and provide an unimaginable amount of wonderful material. I mention a few of my favorites. There are probably newer editions of all of these.

- All of the books by Martin Gardner on recreational mathematics
and related subjects. Most of this material was first published in the
Mathematical Recreations column of
*Scientific American*. I grew up on this material starting in elementary school. - H. Steinhaus,
*Mathematical Snapshots*, Oxford University Press. A gallery of fascinating mathematical snippets. - G. Polya,
*How to Solve it*, Princeton University Press. My high school teacher showed us a movie by Polya on problem solving that made a deep and long-lasting impression on me. - W.W. Rouse Ball and H.S.M. Coxeter,
*Mathematical Recreations and Essays*, University of Toronto Press, 1974. I read and reread this book as a high school student.

Wed Sep 16 09:09:16 EDT 1998