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September 22nd, 2010, 03:10 AM   #1
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requesting math books for a good read

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?

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September 22nd, 2010, 05:26 AM   #2
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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.
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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.
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Re: requesting math books for a good read

Pardon my nerd-ish-ness 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.
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Mathematics from the Birth of Numbers; I cannot recall the author.
Amazon sez: Jan Gullberg.
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Re: requesting math books for a good read

that sounds right.
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January 15th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #7
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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

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