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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