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

In summary, the conversation is about finding a good book for a teacher. The person is looking for a non-textbook, enjoyable read and has had the teacher for the past 2 years in high school. Suggestions for books include "What is Mathematics" by Richard Courant, "Chaos" by James Gleick, "An Imaginary Tale" by Paul Nahin, anything by Simon Singh, and "Divine Proportions" by Wildberger. Other suggestions include "The Code Book" or "Fermat's Enigma" by Simon Singh and "Counting Rabbits" by Ball.
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I'm looking for a good book for my teacher. Not a textbook or anything, just a good read.

I've had her for the past 2 years in high school.
 
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renob said:
I'm looking for a good book for my teacher. Not a textbook or anything, just a good read.

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

What are you trying to do suck up to her or something?
 
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nah dude
 
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What is Mathematics, by Richard Courant.
 
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naele said:
What is Mathematics, by Richard Courant.

ooohhh that's a good one
 
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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.
 
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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 [itex]i[/itex] 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.
 
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Counting Rabbits by Ball
 

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