Good Math Texts

This is a place where reading and math comes hand-in-hand.  These are good mathematical texts you can use for students to better gain an understanding of math or go deeper in to a particular concept.

http://explainingmath.blogspot.ca/references-for-book.html
http://voices.yahoo.com/what-reading-favorite-math-7292572.html?cat=4
http://love2learn2day.blogspot.com.au/p/math-book-lists-tba.html
http://www.ams.org/samplings/math-history/math-history
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/reading-in-math
http://www.homeschoolmath.net/curriculum_reviews/math_readers.php
http://www.k-state.edu/smartbooks/
http://www.mamajennblogs.com/2012/04/living-math-books-reading-for-math.html?m=1 (Elementary)
http://magmath.com/problems/math/textbooks

The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed ItThe Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great book behind great mathematical geniuses that took over Wall Street.  Great for showing students how they can use math outside the classroom (and make money.)
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The Chimera PropheciesThe Chimera Prophecies by Elliott Ostler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great math book, not all mathematics, but introduces higher education in to a real-world setting. It has the pace of Dr. Horrible's Sing along Blog with Limitless. It is a fast-paced read with twists and turns everywhere. I know the author of this book personally and it reads as he teaches, fast paced and he explains everything in detail.  For teachers it is a great way of incorporating mathematics (especially higher mathematics) in to the curriculum.  View all my reviews

Codex 632: The Secret Identity of Christopher Columbus: A NovelCodex 632: The Secret Identity of Christopher Columbus: A Novel by José Rodrigues dos Santos

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a great find at Pamida for only 6$. This book had everything I was looking for a great non-fiction side and "fiction" side. The book contained cryptography and other math related sections. The book had one of the best conclusions in a book that I have ever read!  View all my reviews

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum CryptographyThe Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great book over the history of cryptography. Provides clear insights on some of the greatest mathematical minds of all-time. After taking Number Theory it is great to see the discoveries and achievements of the ones who created these theories. It is a great teaching tool for all math teachers to use in the classroom.  View all my reviews

Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical CuriositiesProfessor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities by Ian Stewart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book covers different mathematical curosities this Professor has encountered his entire life.  The problems range from simple common sense problems to algebra problems to complex analysis problems.  Great for any classroom.
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The Absolute Value of MikeThe Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Great book for middle school students.  It goes through multiple ways he uses mathematics to overcome obstacles.

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Logicomix: An Epic Search for TruthLogicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Logicomix is a graphic novel that covers the history of mathematics.  The main character is Bertrand Russell and his mathematical adventures, great for any classroom of any level.View all my reviews

Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall StreetFortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street by William Poundstone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fortune's Formula is a mathematical book that covers casino's and how they operate, but also how to count cards like the pro's using a mathematical system of "hi and low."
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Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's BossKiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss by Danica McKellar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kiss My Math is a great book for students struggling with math (especially girls).  It helps conquer students fears about mathematics and algebra.  It makes math in to a fun and easy to read system that is not taught in schools.
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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our LivesThe Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great book for any student taking statistics.  When he explains things, he explains them in a clear fashion that anyone can understand.  This book gives relevant points about where the numbers come from and how to establish reasonable thinking in a time of randomness using statistics.
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An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great book for young adults that involve a fictional background that involves math, but not too much math. Students need to be in 8th grade or above. The book has some choice language, but for students who are grown-up enough to enjoy the book will love it.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Good book, not sure if I like how its written.  The books chapters are all prime numbers and gives wonderful transcripts of some of math concepts.  The chapters are short and is a great read for students.  It would be a great book to use for the classroom.
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The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of  Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical TruthThe Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great book that discusses the history behind the mathematicians. A wonderful read!!  The book goes through many wonderful stories of Erdos, Einstein, and many other great mathematicians.  Yours students can use this as a great resource.
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The Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston BreenThe Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Quick read, I loved the problem solving behind the puzzles great book for any classroom.  It provides great insight to puzzles and the art of problem solving.  Students can gain information about solving different problems.
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The Unknowns: A Math Mystery
The Unknowns: A Math Mystery by Benedict Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great math education book, I don't know why this isn't more popular. Now I want to get a classroom set. Great for teaching circles, lines, coordinate grid and tons of great math concepts.
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3 comments:

  1. Here's another good book to check out - Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape
    by Danica McKellar

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  2. Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler :)

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    1. Thanks, I will have to look into it.

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