# Looking for a math book as a gift for my math teacher

1. Apr 11, 2009

### renob

I'm looking for a good book for my teacher. Not a text book or anything, just a good read.

I've had her for the past 2 years in high school.

2. Apr 11, 2009

### Stratosphere

What are you trying to do suck up to her or something?

3. Apr 11, 2009

### renob

nah dude

4. Apr 11, 2009

### thrill3rnit3

5. Apr 12, 2009

### axeae

6. Apr 12, 2009

### flamrim

7. Apr 12, 2009

### naele

What is Mathematics, by Richard Courant.

8. Apr 12, 2009

### whybother

9. Apr 13, 2009

### thrill3rnit3

ooohhh that's a good one

10. Apr 13, 2009

### turbo

I happen to like "Chaos" by James Gleick, though she may already have a copy of that. I read the book, gave my copy to a really smart young lady who attended our astronomy club, later bought another copy for myself, re-read it, and ended up giving that copy away to yet another kid. It's well-written and entertaining.

11. Apr 13, 2009

### Wellesley

12. Apr 13, 2009

### qntty

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13. Apr 18, 2009

### Cantab Morgan

My first choice would be An imaginary tale by Paul Nahin. Really interesting history there. Most of us secondary school teachers don't realize that $i$ became accepted in its role solving cubic equations, not quadratic ones. Even though that's not how we teach it today.

Alternatively, consider anything by Simon Singh. Such as The Code Book or Fermat's Enigma.

Finally, although this is probably too expensive a gift, Divine Proportions by Wildberger. In a perfect world, all high school teachers would have this book.

14. Apr 18, 2009

### atyy

Counting Rabbits by Ball

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