The MAA's Basic Library List
for the General Reader


The table below was extracted from the MAA's excellent list of math texts suitable for undergraduate libraries which spans a very wide of topics, such as Abelian Groups, Additive Number Theory, Manifolds, and Tensor Analysis. I've only extracted books that fall under the headings "Mathematics for the General Reader" and "Recreational Mathematics", which reflect my interests. My main aim was to find some gems that I hadn't come across before, such as the "Best Writings on Mathematics" series.

The only substantive changes I've made are to add links to the books' data at Amazon. This is not some sinister ploy to make me money, but as a source of more information, along with readers' comments and ratings.

I've also started adding entries of my own, which I labelled with an "ad" tag in the "Topics" column. If you would like to suggest some books, please contact me by e-mail.

Martin Gardner plays such an important role in popular maths that I've added a separate page listing his contributions.

The MAA's full list can be downloaded as an Excel file from their site, and you can also download this page as a spreadsheet.

Last updated: Oct. 28, 2002.

Title (and Link) Author Publisher Year Rating Topics
Flatland: An Edition with Notes and Commentary Edwin A. Abbott, William F. Lindgren, and Thomas F. Banchoff Cambridge Univ Press and MAA 2009 ** Classic | Fiction and Poetry | Geometry
1089, and all that David Acheson OUP 1988   ad
A New Look at Geometry Irving Adler Dover 2012   Non-Euclidean Geometry | Geometry | Euclidean Geometry
Mathematics Everywhere Martin Aigner and Ehrhard Behrends, eds. AMS 2010   Culture | Applied
Treks into Intuitive Geometry Jin Akiyama and Kiyoko Matsunaga Springer 2016   Geometry | Polyhedra | Polytopes
Mathematical People: Profiles and Interviews Donald J. Albers and Gerald L. Alexanderson, eds. A K Peters 2008 * Biography
Fascinating Mathematical People: Interviews and Memoirs Donald J. Albers, Gerald L. Alexanderson, and Constance Reid, eds. Harcourt Brace Jonanovich Publishers 2011 * Biography | History | Math as a Profession
Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics Amir Alexander Harvard Univ Press 2010   History
Charming Proofs: A Journey into Elegant Mathematics C. Alsina and R. B. Nelsen MAA 2010 * Proofs and Logic | Recreational | Surveys
Magic Squares and Cubes William S. Andrews Cosimo 2004 * Recreational
Problem Solving Through Recreational Bonnie Averbach and Orin Chein Dover 2000 * Recreational
Mathematical Recreations and Essays W.W. Rouse Ball and H.S.M. Coxeter Dover 1987 * Recreational
Beyond the Third Dimension: Geometry, Computer Graphics, and Higher Dimensions Thomas F. Banchoff W.H. Freeman 1996 *** Geometry
Mathematical Brain Benders Stephen Barr Dover 1982   Problems | Recreational
Pi in the Sky: Counting, Thinking, and Being John D. Barrow Back Bay Books 1992   ad
Unsolved!: The History and Mystery of the World's Greatest Ciphers from Ancient Egypt to Online Secret Societies Craig P. Bauer Princeton Univ Press 2017   Cryptography | History
The Ins and Outs of Peg Solitaire John D. Beasley Oxford Univ Press 1992 * Recreational
A History of π Petr Beckmann St. Martin's Press 1976   History
Fundamentals of Mathematics: The Real Number System and Algebra, Vol. I H. Behnke, ed. MIT Press 1974   Surveys
Fundamentals of Mathematics: Geometry, Vol. II H. Behnke, ed. MIT Press 1974   Surveys
Recreations in the Theory of Numbers Albert Beiler Dover 1964   Number Theory | Recreational
The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse, eds. Princeton Univ Press 2016   Recreational
The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects, Volume 2 Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse, eds. Princeton Univ Press 2017   Combinatorial Geometry | Euclidean Geometry | Graph Theory | Recreational
The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects, Volume 3 Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse, eds. Princeton Univ Press 2019   Recreational
Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science Eric T. Bell MAA 1996   Surveys
Alex's Adventures in Numberland Alex Bellos Bloomsbury 2020   ad
Randomness Deborah J. Bennett Harvard University Press; 1999   ad; Probability | Statistics
Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays, volume 1 Elwyn R. Berlekamp, John Horton Conway, and Richard K. Guy A K Peters 2001 *** Combinatorial Games | Recreational
Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays, volume 2 Elwyn R. Berlekamp, John Horton Conway and Richard K. Guy A K Peters 2003 *** Recreational | Combinatorial Games
Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays, volume 3 Elwyn R. Berlekamp, John Horton Conway and Richard K. Guy A K Peters 2003 *** Recreational | Combinatorial Games
The Joy of π David Blatner Walker Books 1999   ad
Famous Problems of Geometry and How To Solve Them Benjamin Bold Dover 1982   Geometry | Problems
Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know Katy Borner MIT Press 2010   History of Science | Science
The Power of Networks: Six Principles that Connect Our Lives Christopher G. Brinton and Mung Chiang Princeton Univ Press 2016   Computer Science | Networks
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages Nancy Marie Brown Basic Books 2010 ** History
Einstein's Universe Nigel Calder Gramercy 1988   Science
The Mathematical Recreations of Lewis Carroll: Pillow Problems and a Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll Dover 1958   Recreational
Meta Math!: The Quest for Omega Gregory Chaitin Vintage 2006   ad
The Art of Logic in an Illogical World Eugenia Cheng Basic Books 2018   Logic
The Joy of Abstraction: An Exploration of Math, Category Theory, and Life Eugenia Cheng Cambridge University Press 2022   ad
What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 4 Barry Cipra AMS 1998   Surveys
What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 5 Barry Cipra AMS 2002   Scientists | Surveys
Geometric Puzzle Design Stewart Coffin A K Peters 2007   Geometry | Recreational
News & Numbers Victor Cohn Iowa State Univ Press 1989 *  
The Universe and the Teacup K.C. Cole Harcourt 1998   ad
The Book of Numbers John Horton Conway and Richard K. Guy Copernicus Books (Springer) 1996 ** Number Theory | Liberal Arts | Elementary Number Theory
In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation William J. Cook Princeton Univ Press 2012   Algorithms | Combinatorics | Group Theory | Theory of Computation
What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods Richard Courant, Herbert Robbins, and Ian Stewart Oxford Univ Press 1996 *** Surveys
Number: The Language of Science Tobias Dantzig Pi Press 2005 **  
Games, Gods and Gambling F. N. David Hafner Pub. 1962 * Probability
The Lore of Large Numbers Philip J. Davis MAA 1975    
Mathematics and Common Sense: A Case of Creative Tension Philip J. Davis A K Peters 2006   Philosophy
3.1416 and All That Philip J. Davis and William G. Chinn Dover 2007 *  
The Mathematical Experience Philip J. Davis and Reuben Hersh Mariner Books 1999   Surveys
The Number Sense Stanislas Dehaene OUP 2011   ad
A Lifetime of Puzzles: Honoring Martin Gardner Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, and Tom Rodgers, eds. A K Peters 2008   Gardner | Puzzles | Recreational
Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics John Derbyshire Plume 2004   ad
Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra John Derbyshire Plume 2007   ad
Mathematics: New Golden Age Keith Devlin Columbia Univ Press 2001   ad
The Millennium Problems: The Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time Keith Devlin Basic Books 2002    
The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World A.K. Dewdney Springer 2000    
Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham Princeton Univ Press 2011   Recreational
Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature Marcus Du Sautoy Harper Perennial 2009   ad
The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life Marcus Du Sautoy Macmillan 2011    
The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics Marcus Du Sautoy Harper Perennial 2012   ad
Amusements in Mathematics Henry E. Dudeney Dover 1958   Problems | Recreational
536 Puzzles and Curious Problems Henry E. Dudeney Dover 1983 *** Recreational
The Canterbury Puzzles Henry E. Dudeney Dover 2002   Problems | Recreational
Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics William Dunham Penguin Books 1990 *** History
Euler: The Master of Us All William Dunham AMS 1999   ad
Why do Buses Come in Threes? Rob Eastaway, Jeremy Wyndham Portico 2020   ad
How Long is a Piece of String Rob Eastaway, Jeremy Wyndham Portico 2021   ad
Mathematics and The Unexpected Ivar Ekeland Univ Of Chicago Press 1990 * Surveys
The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny Ivar Ekeland Univ of Chicago Press 2006   Calculus of Variations | Physics | Optimization
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking Jordan Ellenberg Penguin 2014   ad
Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else Jordan Ellenberg Penguin 2021   ad
Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II LeAnn Erickson LeAnn Erickson, PBS 2010 * History
Foundations and Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics Howard W. Eves Dover 1997   Philosophy
The Mathematical Magpie Clifton Fadiman Springer 1997 * Literature
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction Kenneth Falconer Oxford Univ Press 2013   Fractals
The Golden Ticket: P, NP and the Search for the Impossible Lance Fortnow Princeton Univ Press 2013   Theory of Computation
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality Edward Frenkel Basic Books 2013   Biography
Handbook of Cubik Math Alexander H. Frey and David Singmaster Lutterworth Press 2001   Recreational
From Pythagoras to Einstein K. O. Friedrichs MAA 1975 * Geometry | History
Mathematics, Magic and Mystery Martin Gardner Dover 1956 * Classic
The Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd Martin Gardner Dover 1959 *** Recreational
Martin Gardner's Sixth Book of Mathematical Diversions from Scientific American Martin Gardner Univ of Chicago Press 1984 * Recreational. Series: 6/15.
Wheels, Life, and Other Mathematical Amusements Martin Gardner W.H. Freeman 1985 * Recreational. Series: 10/15.
Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments Martin Gardner W.H. Freeman 1987 * Recreational. Series: 12/15.
Riddles of the Sphinx and Other Mathematical Puzzle Tales Martin Gardner MAA 1987   Recreational
Penrose Tiles To Trapdoor Ciphers, and the Return of Dr. Matrix Martin Gardner MAA 1996 * Recreational. Series: 13/15.
The Colossal Book of Mathematics: Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems Martin Gardner W.W. Norton 2001   ad. Selections from 1-15/15.
Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games: The Entire Collection of His Scientific American Columns Martin Gardner MAA 2005 * Recreational. Series 1-15/15.
Aha! Gotcha Aha! Insight: Aha! A Two Volume Collection Martin Gardner MAA 2006 * Recreational
Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi Martin Gardner Cambridge Univ Press and MAA 2008 * Classic | Recreational. Series: 1/15. Originally entitled: The Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions (1959).
Origami, Eleusis, and the Soma Cube Martin Gardner Cambridge Univ Press and MAA 2008 * Classic | Recreational. Series: 2/15. Originally entitled: The Second Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions (1961).
Sphere Packing, Lewis Carroll, and Reversi Martin Gardner Cambridge Univ Press/MAA 2009 * Classic | Recreational. Series: 3/15. Originally entitled: New Mathematical Diversions from Scientific American (1961).
Knots and Borromean Rings, Rep-Tiles, and Eight Queens Martin Gardner Cambridge Univ Press/MAA 2014 *** Recreational. Series: 4/15. Originally entitled: The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions (1969).
The Mathematical Sciences: A Collection of Essays George Boehm MIT Press 1969 * Surveys
Geometric Origami Robert Geretschlager Arbelos 2008   Recreational | Euclidean Geometry
A Singular Mathematical Promenade Étienne Ghys ENS Editions 2017 * Biography | Singularities | Surveys
Reckoning with Risk: Learning to Live With Uncertainty Gerd Gigerenzer Gardners Books 2003   ad
Geometry and its Applications in Arts, Nature and Technology Georg Glaeser Springer 2020   Geometry
Chaos: Making a New Science James Gleick Penguin Books 1988 *** Surveys
Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel Rebecca Goldstein W.W. Norton 2006   ad
Polyominoes Solomon W. Golomb Princeton Univ Press 1996 ** Recreational
Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction Alain Goriely Oxford Univ Press 2018   Applied
Naming Infinity Loren Graham and Jean-Michel Kantor Belknap Press 2009   Set Theory | Philosophy | Logic | History
The Perfect Shape: Spiral Stories Øyvind Hammer Springer 2017   Culture
A Mathematician's Apology G. H. Hardy Cambridge Univ Press 1992 *** Math as a Profession | Social Science | Philosophy
101 Careers in Mathematics Deanna Haunsperger and Robert Thompson, eds. AMS/MAA Press 2019 *  
Nonplussed! Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas Julian Havil Princeton Univ Press 2007   Proofs and Logic | Recreational
The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On Julian Havil Princeton Univ Press 2012   Number Theory | Transcendence Theory
God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History Stephen Hawking, ed. Running Press 2005   ad
Foolproof, and Other Mathematical Meditations Brian Hayes MIT Press 2017    
Hex: The Full Story Ryan B. Hayward and Bjarne Toft CRC Press 2019   Recreational
Martin Gardner in the Twenty-First Century Michael Henle and Brian Hopkins, eds. MAA 2013   Gardner | Recreational
The Beauty of Everyday Mathematics Norbert Herrmann Springer 2012   Recreational
What is Mathematics Really? Reuben Hersh OUP 1999   ad
Algebra: A Very Short Introduction Peter M. Higgins Oxford Univ Press 2015   Abstract Algebra | Classical Algebra
The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics Nicholas J. Higham, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2015 ** Applied | Surveys
Geometry and the Imagination David Hilbert and S. Cohn-Vossen AMS/Chelsea 1999 *** Geometry
The Tower of Hanoi - Myths and Maths Andreaas M. Hinz, Sandi Klavžar, Uroš Milutinović , and Ciril Petr Birkhäuser 2013   Combinatorial Games | Combinatorics | Recreational
Archimedes' Revenge: The Joys and Perils of Mathematics Paul Hoffman W.W. Norton 1988   ad
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers Paul Hoffman Hyperion 1998 ** Biography
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Douglas R. Hofstadter Basic Books 1999 *** Recursion | Logic
Shapes, Space, and Symmetry Alan Holden Dover 2015 * Euclidean Geometry | Polyhedra | Symmetry
What are the Chances?: Voodoo Deaths, Office Gossip, and Other Adventures in Probability Bart K. Holland John Hopkins Univ Press 2002   ad
More Mathematical Morsels Ross Honsberger MAA 1991   Problems | Problems Olympiad Level | Recreational
Sliding Piece Puzzles Edward Hordern Oxford Univ Press 1987 ** Recreational | Puzzles
The Popularization of Mathematics A. G. Howson and J. P. Kahane Cambridge Univ Press 1990 *  
How to Lie with Statistics Darrell Huff W.W. Norton 1993   Statistics
The Divine Proportion H. E. Huntley Dover 2015    
The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer Georges Ifrah John Wiley & Sons 2000   ad
Mathematics: A Human Endeavor Harold R. Jacobs W. H. Freeman 1994 *  
Adventures in Group Theory: Rubik's Cube, Merlin's Machine and Other Mathematical Toys David Joyner Johns Hopkins 2008   Group Theory | Puzzles | Recreational
Mathematics of Planet Earth Hans Kaper and Christiane Rousseau SIAM 2015   Mathematical Geology | Environmental Sciences
Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan Oxford Univ Press 2007   Surveys | Teaching
Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan Bloomsbury Press 2011 * History
Connections: The Geometric Bridge Between Art and Science Jay Kappraff World Scientifc 2001 ** Surveys
Mathematical Gardner David A. Klarner John Wiley 1982 *** Gardner | Recreational
Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty Morris Kline Oxford Univ Press 1982 * Surveys
Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge Morris Kline Osford Univ Press 1986 * Surveys
Surreal Numbers Donald E. Knuth Addison-Wesley 1974 * Fiction and Poetry
Selected Papers on Fun and Games Donald E. Knuth CSLI Pub. 2011 * Combinatorial Games | Combinatorics | Recreational
The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations Boris A. Kordemsky Dover 1992   Problems | Recreational
Mathematical Recreations Maurice Kraitchik Dover 2006   Recreational
Power-Up: Unlocking the Hidden Mathematics in Video Games Matthew Lane Princeton Univ Press 2017    
The Beauty of Doing Mathematics: Three Public Dialogues Serge Lang Springer Verlag 1985 *  
Who's #1? — The Science of Rating and Ranking Amy N. Langville and Carl D. Meyer Princeton Univ Press 2012   Algorithms | Social Choice Theory
Great Currents of Mathematical Thought : Mathematics in the Arts and Sciences, Vol. II F. Le Lionnais Dover 2004   Surveys
Geometric Dissections Harry Lindgren Van Nostrand Reinhold 1964 ** Recreational | Combinatorial Geometry
Art Meets Mathematics in the Fourth Dimension Stephen Leon Lipscomb Springer 2014   Low-dimensional Topology
Littlewood's Miscellany J. E. Littlewood, edited by Béla Bollobás Cambridge Univ Press 1986 * History | Math as a Profession
The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number Mario Livio  Crown 2003   ad
Measurement Paul Lockhart Harvard Univ Press 2012    
Loyd's Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles, Tricks, and Conundrums Sam Loyd Ishi Press 2007 ** Recreational
Nine Algorithms that Changed the Future John MacCormick Princeton Univ Press 2012   Algorithms | Computer Science
What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences 9 Dana Mackenzie AMS 2013    
What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, Volume 10 Dana Mackenzie and Barry Cipra AMS 2016    
What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, Volume 11 Dana Mackenzie AMS 2019    
Street-Fighting Mathematics Sanjoy Mahajan MIT Press 2010   Estimation
Trigonometric Delights Eli Maor Princeton Univ Press 1998   History | Trigonometry
e: The Story of a Number Eli Maor Princeton Univ Press 2016 * History
The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths Alberto A. Martinez Univ of Pittsburgh Press 2012   History | Philosophy
Fallacies in Mathematics E. A. Maxwell Cambridge Univ Press 1959 * Recreational
Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen) Barry Mazur Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002 **  
Prime Numbers and the Riemann Hypothesis Barry Mazur and William Stein Cambridge Univ Press 2016 ** Number Theory
The Theory that Would Not Die Sharon Bertsch McGrayne Yale Univ Press 2011   History | History of Statistics
The Joy of SET: The Many Mathematical Dimensions of a Seemingly Simple Card Game Liz McMahon, Gary Gordon, Hannah Gordon and Rebecca Gordon Princeton Univ Press 2016   Combinatorial Games | Recreational
Mathematical Ideas Charles D. Miller, Vern E. Heeren, and E. John Hornsby, Jr. Addison Wesley 2003   Liberal Arts
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives Leonard Mlodinow Vintage 2009   ad
Powers of Ten Philip Morrison and Phylis Morrison W.H. Freeman 1994 **  
Code Girls Liza Mundy Hachette Books 2018   Cryptography
Godel's Proof Ernest Nagel, James Newman, and Douglas R. Hofstadter New York Univ Press 2008 ** Philosophy | Logic
Chases and Escapes: The Mathematics of Pursuit and Evasion Paul J. Nahin Princeton Univ Press 2007 *** Differential Equations
Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt Paul J. Nahin Princeton Univ Press 2009   Physics
In Praise of Simple Physics Paul J. Nahin Princeton Univ Press 2016   Science
An Imaginary Tale: The Story of √-1 Paul J. Nahin Princeton Univ Press 2016   ad
The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age Paul J. Nahin Princeton Unv Press 2017   ad
Closing the Gap: The Quest to Understand Prime Numbers Vicky Neale Oxford Univ Press 2018   Number Theory
The Archimedes Codex Reviel Netz and William Noel Da Capo Press 2007 ** History
The World of Mathematics, Vol. I James R. Newman Dover 2000 * Surveys
The World of Mathematics, Vol. II James R. Newman Dover 2000 * Surveys
The World of Mathematics, Vol. III James R. Newman Dover 2000 * Surveys
The World of Mathematics, Vol. IV James R. Newman Dover 2000 * Surveys
Riddles in Mathematics: A Book of Paradoxes Eugene Purdy Northrop Krieger Pub. 1975 * Recreational
Puzzles and Paradoxes: Fascinating Excursions in Recreational T. H. O'Beirne Dover 1984 ** Recreational
Weapons of Math Destruction Cathy O'Neil Crown 2016   Data Analysis | Politics | Society | Statistics
My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count Ken Ono and Amir D. Aczel Springer 2016   Biography | History | Number Theory
99 Variations on a Proof Phillip Ording Princeton Univ Press 2019    
Math Art: Truth, Beauty, and Equations Stephen Ornes Sterling 2019    
The Mathematics of Games and Gambling Edward Packel MAA 2006 *** Game Theory | Probability Theory
Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension Matt Parker Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015   ad
Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man John Allen Paulos Vintage 1992    
A Mathematician Reads the Newspapers: Making Sense of the Numbers in the Headlines John Allen Paulos Penguin Books 1996   ad
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences John Allen Paulos Hill and Wang 2001   Surveys
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe Roger Penrose Vintage 2007   ad
Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe Roger Penrose Princeton Univ Press 2016   Physics
phi, pi, e & i David Perkins MAA Press 2017   History
Playing with Infinity Rózsa Péter Dover 1976   Recreational
The Mathematical Tourist Ivars Peterson Owl Books 1998 ***  
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2011    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2011    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2013    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2013 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2013   Combinatorics | Elementary Number Theory
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2014    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2016    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2017    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2017 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2017    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2018 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2018    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2019 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2019    
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2020 Mircea Pitici, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2020    
Logic: A Very Short Introduction Graham Priest Oxford Univ Press 2018   Logic
Higher Mathematics from an Elementary Point of View Hans Rademacher Birkhauser 1983 ** Surveys
The Enjoyment of Math Hans Rademacher and Otto Toeplitz Princeton Univ Press 1966 * Surveys
Origami: Geometric Exercises in Paper Folding T. Sundara Rao Kindle 2013 *  
Tangrams: 330 Puzzles Ronald C. Read Dover 1965 * Recreational
Euler's Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology David S. Richeson  Princeton Univ Press 2012   ad
Symmetry Discovered Joe Rosen Dover 2015   Group Theory | Symmetry
Observation and Experiment: An Introduction to Causal Inference Paul R. Rosenbaum Harvard Univ Press 2017   Statistical Inference | Statistics
Taking Sudoku Seriously Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman Oxford Univ Press 2011   Combinatorics | Recreational
Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather Ian Roulstone and John Norbury Princeton Univ Press 2013   Mathematical Geology
Proving It Her Way: Emmy Noether, a Life in Mathematics David E. Rowe and Mechtild Koreuber Springer 2020   Biography
Geometry Relativity, and the Fourth Dimension Rudolf Rucker Dover 1977   Geometry | Relativity Theory
Infinity and the Mind Rudy Rucker Princeton Univ Press 2005 * Logic | Set Theory
The Fourth Dimension Rudy Rucker Dover 2014   Euclidean Geometry
The Riemann Hypothesis: The Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Karl Sabbagh Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003   ad
The Lady Tasting Tea David S. Salsburg Owl Books 2002 *** Biography | History of Statistics
Errors, Blunders, and Lies: How to Tell the Difference David S. Salsburg Chapman & Hall/CRC 2018   Statistics
Prelude to Mathematics W. W. Sawyer Dover 1982    
M. C. Escher Kaleidocycles Doris Schattschneider and Wallace Walker Tarquin 1985 * Recreational
An Invitation to Mathematics Dierk Schleicher and Malte Lackmann, eds. Springer 2011 * Surveys
Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing Henry Segerman Johns Hopkins Univ Press 2016 * Geometry | Low-dimensional Topology | Programming | Software | Symmetry | Visualization
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea Charles Seife Penguin Books 2000   ad
Games of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Karl Sigmund Dover 2017   ad
The Signal and the Noise Nate Silver Penguin Books 2015   Statistics | Statistics and Public Policy
Your Move: Logic, Math and Word Puzzles for Enthusiasts David L. Silverman Dover 1991 * Problems | Recreational
Rediscovering Mathematics: You Do the Math Shai Simonson MAA 2011    
Fermat's Enigma Simon Singh Anchor Books 1998 ** History | Number Theory
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography Simon Singh Anchor 2000   ad
Forever Undecided: A Puzzle Guide to Godel Raymond M. Smullyan Knopf 1987 * Recreational
To Mock a Mockingbird Raymond M. Smullyan Oxford Univ Press 2000 * Recreational
Gödelian Puzzle Book: Puzzles, Paradoxes and Proofs Raymond M. Smullyan Dover 2013   Logic | Puzzles
Numbers and Infinity: A Historical Account of Mathematical Concepts E. Sondheimer and A. Rogerson Dover 2006 ** History
Mathematics Tomorrow Lynn Arthur Steen Springer 1981 ** Surveys
Mathematical Snapshots Hugo Steinhaus Dover 1999 * Surveys
Adventures Among the Toroids Bonnie Madison Stewart B M Stewart 1980 *  
The Problems of Mathematics Ian Stewart Oxford Univ Press 1992 **  
Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind Ian Stewart Cambridge Univ Press 1997   ad
Life's Other Secret: The New Mathematics of the Living World Ian Stewart John Wiley & Sons 1998   ad
The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes Ian Stewart John Wiley & Sons 1998   ad | Game theory, knots, chaos
Does God Play Dice? The New Mathematics of Chaos Ian Stewart John Wiley 2002 **  
How to Cut a Cake: And Other Mathematical Conundrums Ian Stewart Oxford Univ Press 2006 *  
Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction Ian Stewart Oxford Univ Press 2013   Group Theory | Lie Groups | Symmetry
Visions of Infinity Ian Stewart Basic Books 2013    
Concepts of Modern Mathematics Ian Stewart Dover 2015   Surveys
Significant Figures Ian Stewart Basic Books 2017   Biography | History
Infinity: A Very Short Introduction Ian Stewart Oxford Univ Press 2018    
Roads to Infinity: The Mathematics of Truth and Proof John Stillwell A K Peters 2010 * Set Theory | Logic | History
Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Godel John Stillwell Princeton Univ Press 2016   Philosophy | Surveys
The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity Steven H. Strogatz  Mariner Books 2013   ad
A Concise History of Mathematics Dirk Jan Struik Dover 1987 ** History
Mathematics for Human Flourishing Francis Su Yale Univ Press 2020    
Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present George G. Szpiro Princeton Univ Press 2010   Social Science | Social Choice Theory
Pricing the Future George G. Szpiro Basic Books 2011    
Mathematics Galore! James Tanton MAA 2012   Problems | Recreational
Famous Problems of Mathematics: Solved and Unsolved Mathematical Problems, from Antiquity to Modern Times Heinrich Tietze Graylock Press 1965 **  
Birth of a Theorem Cédric Villani Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015   Mathematical Careers | Psychology
Algorithms Unplugged Berthold Vöcking et al. Springer 2011   Computer Science | Algorithms
Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity David Foster Wallace W. W. Norton 2003    
The Nature of Statistics W. Allen Wallis and Harry V. Roberts Dover 2014 * Statistics
A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular Mathematics Writing Benjamin Wardhaugh, ed. Princeton Univ Press 2012 ** History | Culture | Literature
Lady Luck: The Theory of Probability Warren Weaver Dover 1982 *** Probability
On Aesthetics in Science Judith Wechsler, ed. Birkhauser 1988    
The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Numbers David Wells Penguin Books 1998   ad
Games and Mathematics: Subtle Connections David Wells Cambridge Univ Press 2013   Combinatorial Games
The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Geometry David Wells, John Sharp Penguin Books 1992   ad
An Introduction to Mathematics Alfred North Whitehead Oxford Univ Press 1958   Surveys
Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved Robin J. Wilson Princeton University Press 2004 *** Combinatorics | Famous Problems | Graph Theory | History
The Timing of Biological Clocks Arthur T. Winfree Scientific American Library 1987 ** Science
The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and their Solvers Benjamin H. Yandell A K Peters 2001 ** Biography | History
The Shape of Inner Space Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis Basic Books 2010   Algebraic Geometry | Complex Manifolds | Physics | String Theory
Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics Gunter M. Ziegler Chapman & Hall/CRC 2013    

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