Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Some nice mathematical books

People often stop me in the street and say: "You are Brady from Numberphile. Can you recommend a good mathematical book for Christmas!"

This is entirely untrue. It has never happened.

However I will use this blog post to recommend some books written by people from Numberphile videos.

This list of not exhaustive, just a few that sprang to mind while I was waiting for my computer to process a video.

Matt Parker's shiny new "Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension" is cracking - very funny like the man himself.

You can buy on Amazon in the UK and US - or get a signed copy from Matt.

Simon Singh's The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets - great hidden gems from the TV show (plus Futurama).

Simon's other books are great too - check him out on Amazon, etc.

Alex Bellos - of cake cutting fame - has got Alex Through the Looking Glass (aka Grapes of Math). It is the sequel to Alex's Adventures in Numberland (aka Here's Looking at Euclid).

Ed Frenkel has Love & Math - well worth a look.

Ron Graham - yes, that Graham - has Magical Mathematics written with Persi Diaconis (Persi is coming to Numberphile soon!)

Barry Mazur does great books too.

That'll do for now... Will add some more later perhaps.

Clearly I am biased towards Numberphile contributors - what did you expect!?