## Journal Journal: Follow up to "Mathematics Reading List"

A recently posted Ask Slashdot: Mathematics Reading List For High School Students? generated a long discussion filled with good (and bad) suggestions. It took a lot of work to read the discussion, so I though it would be useful to make a cheat sheet. Below are all the books--according to my own unscientific survey--that were recommended by at least two people, sorted by the number of recommendations. I probably missed a few as there were dozens of single mentions.

17

Hofstadter, Douglas R.

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

6

Abbott, Edwin A.

Flatland

Two other books were mentioned as good follow-ups to this book: "Flatterland:
Like Flatland, Only More So" by Ian Stewart and "Sphereland: A Fantasy About
Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe" by Dionys Burger, Isaac Asimov, and
Cornelie J. Rheinbold. "Flatland" also generated some discussion about whether
the author was a sexist and whether it would matter if he were. Someone
suggested reading "The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" by Ian
Stewart to dispel the misconception.

5

Singh, Simon

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

5

Singh, Simon & Lynch, John

Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem

5

Gleick, James

Chaos: Making a New Science

5

Paulos, John Allen

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

4

Huff, Darrell

How to Lie with Statistics

4

Korner, Tom

The Pleasures of Counting

4

Feynman, Richard

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

4

Dunham, William

Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics

4

Polya, G.

How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

3

Bell, E. T.

Men of Mathematics

3

Levitt, Stephen & Dubner, Stephen

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

2

Hardy, G. H

A Mathematician's Apology

2

Hogben, Lancelot

Mathematics for the Million

2

Derbyshire, John

Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra

2

Mandelbrot, Benoit

The Fractal Geometry of Nature

2

Euclid

Euclid's Unabridged Elements

2

Garrity, Thomas A. & Pedersen, Lori

All the Mathematics You Missed But Need to Know for Graduate School

2

Poundstone, William

Prisoner's Dilemma

2

Derbyshire, John

Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics

2

Livio, Mario

The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number

2

Feynmann, Richard

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)

2

Courant, Richard; Robbins, Herbert & Stewart, Ian

What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods

2

Seife, Charles

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

2

Nasar, Sylvia

A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

2

Kaplan, Ellen & Robert

The Nothing that Is: A Natural History of Zero

2

Mlodinow, Leonard

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

2

Hoffman, Paul

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story Of Paul Erdos And The Search For Mathematical Truth

2

Paulos, John Allen

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

2

Tahan, Malba & Baquero, Patricia Reid

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures

2

Hawking, Stephen

God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed History

1

Shannon, Claude & Weaver, Warren

The Mathematical Theory of Communication

This book doesn't meet my criteria, since it was only mentioned once, but since I was the mention-er, it earns a special dispensation.