Here is a list of books recommended by Lee Kraftchick for the “mathematical tourist.” For more details on these books, see the book descriptions.

__A FEW CLASSICS __

**G. H. Hardy (1940)**

*A Mathematician’s Apology,*** How to Solve It, **G. Polya (1945)

*Men of Mathematics***, **E*.* T. Bell (1937, copyright renewed 1986)

*Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences*** ,** John Allen Paulos (1988)

__Also by Paulos__**: A Mathematician Reads The Newspaper, Beyond Innumeracy, **and

*Once Upon a Number*** The Mathematical Experience,** Philip

**Davis and Reuben Hirsh (1981, updated 1995)**

*Journey Through Genius**,* William Dunham (1990)

__Also by Dunham__**: The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities** (1994)

__MORE RECENT MATHEMATICS BOOKS __

** Wonders of Numbers: Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning **Clifford A. Pickover (2002)

** Group Theory in the Bedroom,** Brian Hayes (2008)

** How Math Explains the World, **James Stein (2008)

** Is God a Mathematician?,** Mario Livio (2009)

** Proofiness, The Dark Arts Of Mathematical Deception,** Charles Seiffe (2010)

** Here’s Looking at Euclid: From Counting Ants to Games of Chance – An Awe-Inspiring Journey Through the World of Numbers,** Alex Bellos

**(2011)**

*The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity*** ,** Steven Strogatz (2013)

** How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking**, Jordan Ellenberg

**(2015)**

*A Divine Language,*** Learning Algebra, Geometry, And Calculus At The Edge Of Old Age,** Alec Wilkinson (2022)

__ __** Books by Ian Stewart** (a previous guest), a professional mathematician and prolific, engaging writer of mathematics books. He has written some fifty books, including:

*Concepts of Modern Mathematics***,**Ian Stewart (1995).

**(2019)**

*Do Dice Play God?***(2021)**

*What’s the Use? How Mathematics Shapes Everyday Life*__ESSAY COLLECTIONS__

*The World Of Mathematics**:*** A Small Library Of The Literature Of Mathematics From A’h-Mose The Scribe To Albert Einstein **(4 volumes), James Newman ed. (1956), as reprinted in 1988)

** What Is Mathematics?,** Richard Courant & Herbert Robbins, as revised by Ian Stewart (2d Ed. 1996)

** The Princeton Companion to Mathematics **(2008)

*The Colossal Book of Mathematics*** , **Martin Gardner (2001)

** The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics,**Clifford Pickover (2011)

** New York Times Book of Mathematics **(2013)

__A GOOD SELF- TEACHING TEXT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN EXPLORING MATHEMATICS IN MORE DETAIL __

** Mathematics for the Nonmathematician, **Morris Kline (1985)

__SPECIFIC TOPICS__

__Geometry__

** Euclid’s Window**:

**Leonard Mlodinow (2002)**

*The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace,*__Calculus__

** A Tour of the Calculus, **David Berlinski (1995)

__Statistics__

** The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t,** Nate Silver (2012)

** The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives,** Leonard Mlodinow (2009)

__Godel’s Incompleteness theorems__

** Incompleteness, The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel,** Rebecca Goldstein (2006)

*Gödel: A Life of Logic***, **John L. Casti and Werner DePauli (**2001)**

** Mathematics: The Loss Of Certainty,** Morris Kline (1980)

** When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought, **Jim Holt (2018)

*Gödel’s Proof*** , **Ernest Nagel, James R. Newman (1931), edited, with a new foreword by Douglas R. Hofstadter (2001)

__Other Topics__

** Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, **Charles Seife (2000)

** e: The Story of a Number, **Eli Maor (2011)

** An Imaginary Tale, **Paul Nahin (2010)

** A History of Pi,** Petr Beckmann (2015)

** A Most Elegant Equation,** David Stipp (2017)

__NOVELS WITH MATHEMATICAL THEMES__

*Flatland**, *A. Square / Edwin A. Abbot (1888)

** The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,** Mark Haddon (2004)

*A Certain Ambiguity, A Mathematical Novel***, **Guarav Suri & Hartosh Singh Bal (2007)

*Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture,*** A Novel of Mathematical Obsesion, **Apostolos Doxiadis (2010)

** Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel, **Robin Sloan (2013)

__AND A DIFFICULT TO CATEGORIZE__**, BUT BRILLIANT, BOOK, WEAVING TOGETHER FICTION, MUSIC, PHILOSOPHY, ART AND SERIOUS MATHEMATICS:**

*Gödel, Escher, Bach** An Eternal Golden Braid*** ***,* Douglas Hofstadter (1979)

**Also by Hofstadter: **

** I Am a Strange Loop** (2007).

**(1985)**

*Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern*