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JudgeRinderSays Tue 10-Feb-15 19:33:16

Ds birthday next week.i know he has really enjoyed reading all the Simon Singh books and I wondered if anyone could suggest any other 'popular' maths books he might enjoy?
Obviously he is having a lot of less 'studious' presents too.i don't want to sound like a pushy parent

Quangle Tue 10-Feb-15 19:36:41

Alex Bellos is great and Alex's Adventures in Numberland is one of his popular maths books.

toothlessoldhag Tue 10-Feb-15 21:12:34

Here are some Maths books recommended by DS's school to read (or 'dip into' as they say encouragingly grin) for preparation for AS Maths:

 The music of primes by Marcus Du Sautoy
 Fermat’s last theorem by Simon Singh
 Zero: the biography of a dangerous idea by Charles Seife
 A history of pi by Petr Beckmann
 Game theory: a very short introduction by K G Binmore
 An Imaginary Tale: The Story of i by Paul Nahin (Further mathematics)
 Longitude by Dava Sobel

you might be interested in the Physics list too as there's quite a bit of maths content there:

 A Beautiful Mind - a biography of the mathematician John Nash
Sylvia Nasar
 Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines
Jim Al-Khalili
 Catching Cold - an investigation into the flu epidemic that killed millions
Pete Davies
 Chaos - you've seen it on Jurassic Park, here it is...
James Gleik
 The Character of Physical Law
Richard Feynman
 Clouds in a Glass of Beer - a journey through atmospheric physics
Craig F Bohren
 Does God Play Dice? - easy to read journey through maths stuff
Ian Stewart
 The Elegant Universe - the best thing written about theories of everything
Brian Greene
 The Emperor's New Mind – explores the brain and artificial intelligence
Roger Penrose
 Fear of Physics - now, now, don't be frightened…
Lawrence Krauss
 Five Biggest Ideas in Science - a brief introduction to the meaty stuff
C Wynn & AWiggins
 Genius - brilliant account of the life of Richard Feynman
James Gleik
 In search of the Big Bang - an up to date account of…
John Gribbon
 The Last Three Minutes - this really is the end…
Paul Davies
 Nature’s Numbers - how maths is found in everything we look at
Ian Stewart
 The Odd Quantum - an intro to quantum mechanics
Sam Tremain
 The Origin of the Universe - how did it all start
John D. Barrow
 QED: The strange theory of light and matter - a brilliant intro
Richard Feynman
 The Quantum Dot - how physics makes computers faster
Richard Turton

TheFirstOfHerName Tue 10-Feb-15 21:15:11

DS2 liked Alex's Adventures in Wonderland and the one about The Simpsons.

TheFirstOfHerName Tue 10-Feb-15 21:15:42

*Wonderland? Numberland.

Leeds2 Tue 10-Feb-15 21:47:48

How old is he? Was thinking Murderous Maths series, but he might be too old for that now.

noblegiraffe Wed 11-Feb-15 00:08:16

For novels, rather than non-fiction, I love Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis, very mathsy and history of mathsy, like Singh's books. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is also a fab book (way better than the film) with maths running through it - chaos theory and fractals.

Of the books on the list above, really don't get Emperor's New Mind by Penrose for a child's birthday, it's bloody unreadable!

Takver Wed 11-Feb-15 10:16:10

Thanks for that recommendation, noblegiraffe, just bought a copy of Uncle Petros for me!

partialderivative Wed 11-Feb-15 12:05:20

Why Do Buses Come in Threes?: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life.
Eastaway, Wyndham

One of my favourites.

Anything by Ian Stewart will probably be good

DadDadDad Wed 11-Feb-15 12:50:51

Anything by Ian Stewart will probably be good - although bear in mind he writes academic texts too: his Galois Theory textbook is great but is typically a third-year undergraduate book. You are really pushy parent if you give him that! grin

PeaStalks Wed 11-Feb-15 15:26:24

I would add Flatland by Abbott.

I enjoyed Connected by Simon Denman. It's a novel with themes of maths running through.

cdtaylornats Thu 12-Feb-15 23:00:41

The Last Theorem by Arthur C. Clarke & Fred Pohl

Its about a young Sri Lankan maths genius who solves Fermat’s Last Theorem.

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