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September 22nd, 2010, 03:10 AM  #1 
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Hi everyone, I'm looking for any type of math book that I will enjoy and learn something from as well. I'm also interested in number theory at the moment. I've learnt about congruences, Fermat's little theorem/Euclids theorem, polynomials, hamming codes, RSA, primality tests, factoring methods, finite fields etc. What books would you guys recommend, that you think i'd enjoy, and wouldn't be too heavy (mathematically) for me. I wouldn't mind books about the history of maths, or biographys about mathematicians. Is the book "An introduction to the theory of numbers" by Hardy any good? and what about "Proofs from the book" by Aigner. Are those good reads? Thanks. 
September 22nd, 2010, 05:26 AM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 937 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: requesting math books for a good read
Both are good (and probably appropriate at your level). I also liked Prime Numbers: A Computational Perspective (very much); you should be able to tell from the title whether it appeals to you or not.

November 9th, 2010, 05:17 AM  #3 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4  Re: requesting math books for a good read
Check out www.logicomix.com , the website for the (math) graphic novel "Logicomix". I'm also enjoying "Godel's Theorem  an incomplete guide to its use and abuse" by Franzen. 
May 31st, 2011, 09:03 AM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2010 Posts: 324 Thanks: 0  Re: requesting math books for a good read
Pardon my nerdishness My favorite book is Men of Mathematics by E.T. Bell. Also, another one that I found delightful to read (and did so on vacation in orlando on a hammock in the middle of the hotel.... fawk disney!!) is Mathematics from the Birth of Numbers; I cannot recall the author.

May 31st, 2011, 10:34 AM  #5  
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May 31st, 2011, 10:39 AM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2010 Posts: 324 Thanks: 0  Re: requesting math books for a good read
that sounds right.

January 15th, 2012, 04:40 PM  #7 
Member Joined: Jan 2012 Posts: 52 Thanks: 0  Re: requesting math books for a good read
if you like geometry, I'd suggest Sacred Mathematics  Japanese Temple Geometry, by F. Hidetoshi and T. Rothman it is a very original approach of geometry, with very original problems and solutions take care! 

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