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Stephen Tashi

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"For the layman"? Are we ruling out books written for mathematicians?

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486432688/?tag=pfamazon01-20, a 4-volume collection of essays and articles by and about mathematicians, edited by James R. Newman. My parents bought the original boxed hardbound set when I was a kid, and I spent a lot of time with it. Here's the table of contents.

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I like "What is Mathematics?" by Courant and Robbins.

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George Jones

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Not exactly a math book, but I like "A Mathematician's Apology" by G.H. Hardy.

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No. It could even be textbook."For the layman"? Are we ruling out books written for mathematicians?

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Here is my list:Just books that are very enlightening and readable for the layman.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0395929687/?tag=pfamazon01-20

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486296644/?tag=pfamazon01-20

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073X0IKO/?tag=pfamazon01-20[/URL]+think&pebp=1418386758657

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073X0IKO/?tag=pfamazon01-20 think&pebp=1418386758657[/URL]

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/048669609X/?tag=pfamazon01-20[/URL]+foundations&pebp=1418386809861

https://www.amazon.com/dp/048669609X/?tag=pfamazon01-20 foundations&pebp=1418386809861[/URL]

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486488209/?tag=pfamazon01-20 foundations of mathematics&pebp=1418386876706[/URL]

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/1568814666/?tag=pfamazon01-20[/URL]+roads&pebp=1418386920660

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1568814666/?tag=pfamazon01-20 roads&pebp=1418386920660[/URL]

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LSX54VI/?tag=pfamazon01-20[/URL]+ideas&pebp=1418387005942

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LSX54VI/?tag=pfamazon01-20 ideas&pebp=1418387005942[/URL]

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486780163/?tag=pfamazon01-20[/URL]+northrop&pebp=1418387560400

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486780163/?tag=pfamazon01-20 northrop&pebp=1418387560400[/URL]

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486284247/?tag=pfamazon01-20[/URL]+mathematics

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486284247/?tag=pfamazon01-20 mathematics[/URL]

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/0465064892/?tag=pfamazon01-20[/URL]+visions&pebp=1418387194216

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0465064892/?tag=pfamazon01-20 visions&pebp=1418387194216[/URL]

[URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/1568...=pfamazon01-20[/URL]+godel&pebp=1418387469033

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1405197676/?tag=pfamazon01-20 godel&pebp=1418387469033[/URL]

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I really like "A history of pi" by Beckmann

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0312381859/?tag=pfamazon01-20

and "An imaginary tale" by Nahin,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0691146004/?tag=pfamazon01-20

Both have some math and a bunch of history. Nahin requires calculus; Beckmann is better if you know calculus but enjoyable as long as you know some geometry and perhaps trigonometry - I read it in highschool with no calculus under my belt and LOVED it.

Don't know if they are "top 20" but I really like these books.

enjoy,

jason

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0312381859/?tag=pfamazon01-20

and "An imaginary tale" by Nahin,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0691146004/?tag=pfamazon01-20

Both have some math and a bunch of history. Nahin requires calculus; Beckmann is better if you know calculus but enjoyable as long as you know some geometry and perhaps trigonometry - I read it in highschool with no calculus under my belt and LOVED it.

Don't know if they are "top 20" but I really like these books.

enjoy,

jason

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Thanks for all this. I will be purchasing some of these books. Please let me know of any others.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486248232/?tag=pfamazon01-20 is very good.

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