Reading ListforMath Students of Chatham High School(and their parents)

[maintained by Dave VL, math Teacher at Chatham High]DISCLAIMER: Some of the descriptors below are "borrowed" and some are my own. My apologies for not distinguishing between them.

by Dava Sobel__Longitude__by Dava Sobel__Galileo's Daughter__- Anything at all by Martin Gardner Martin Gardner's "Mathematical Recreations" column in Scientific American made his reputation as the world's premier writer on recreational mathematics. Amid his other diverse interests, he has established further reputations as a popularizer of science and a debunker of pseudoscience.
by Paul Hoffman.__The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth__by Apostolos Doxiadis. The Mathematical Association of America has a review of this book. It was referred to me with the comment "__Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture__*I enthusiastically recommend the wonderful book.... It's awesome*!".by (that is, any book written by) John Allen Paulos There is also a web site that contains his columns (__Anything__*Who's Counting?*) and other links relevant to Paulos(by Edwin A. Abbott). This web site features a complete copy of the book. Includes illustrations from this text that relates math to the class system in England. Another site contains a version done as etaxt, as part of the Gutenberg Project.__Flatland__- A poem which is very closely related to the mathematical conceptual number known as "pi"
by Arthur Benjamin Phd., and Michael Shermer Phd. Using proven techniques, this volume shows how to add, subtract, multiply and divide faster than is possible with a calculator or pencil and paper, and helps readers conquer their nervousness about math.__Mathemagics : How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying__by Gale E. Christianson__Isaac Newton and the Scientific Revolution__

This is great book for people wanting to start learning about Isaac Newton and the turbulent times in which he lived. The coverage of his science is squarely aimed at those who are studying physics or mathematics in high school (or want to discover where the laws they learnt in school came from), but equal weight is given to the historical and personal events which shaped Newton's unique and towering mind. Currently available in bookstores (and on line)by Richard Westfall. Explores Newton's (1642-1727) mathematical and experimental approach to nature, and describes his activities and contributions not only as a mathematician, but also as a historian, theologian, chemists, civil servant, and natural philosopher. Assumes no deep knowledge of science or mathematics.__The Life of Isaac Newton__by William Dunham. This could be a bit "heavy" for a high school student, especially in its descriptions of some rigorous proofs. It is worth a look, however, even if just to get a taste of the flavor of mathematical language.__Journey Through Genius : The Great Theorems of Mathematics__by Garth E. Runion__Golden Section__by Richard A. Dunlap__The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers__by Garland, Trudi H. Garland, Shirley Nootbaar (Illustrator), Kathleen Engelberg (Editor)__Fascinating Fibonaccis : Mystery and Magic in Numbers__by William W. Dunham. The Mathematical Universe is a solid collection of short essays, with each addressing a particular mathematical topic. Titles range from "Isoperimetric Problem" to "Where Are the Women?" Author Dunham is unafraid to refer to diagrams, equations, and rigorous arguments throughout the book, yet he manages to maintain a conversational tone.__The Mathematical Universe : An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems and Personalities__by Edward J. Barbeau . This book is a collection of mathematical mistakes made by students, teachers, and occasionally seasoned researchers, along with an analysis for most of them. While all the material is for personal enlightenment and amusement, high school and college teachers may use the material to illustrate important and subtle points in mathematics.__Mathematical Fallacies, Flaws and Flimflam__by H. S. M. Coxeter. Discusses geometry's applications to number theory, group theory, graph theory, communication theory, and relativity theory__The Beauty of Geometry : Twelve Essays__by David Berlinski. Sir Isaac Newton is among the giants of the scientific era. It was Newton who conceived the imperial vision of mathematical physics and Newton again who created the first and perhaps the greatest of scientific theories.__Newton's Gift : How Sir Isaac Newton Unlocked the System of the World__by Luetta Reimer with Wilbert Reimer. The book illustrates the qualities required to be a great mathematician and has many interesting stories about them.__Mathmaticians are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians__by Eric Temple Bell__Men of Mathematics__

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