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Calculus by and for Young People (Ages 7, Yes 7 and Up). By Donald Cohen (1989) teen-adult. “A description of how young people, Don and some mathematicians, solved problems which involve infinite series, infinite sequences, functions, graphs, algebra, +, - important mathematical ideas. Also available, the Worksheets (some say all you need)...”

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How Math Works: 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Wonders of Mathematics. By Carol Vonderman (Putnam, 192 pp, 1999) (Ages 12 +) "Fascinating explanations, activities, profiles of history's most noted mathematical thinkers, and experiments introduce young readers to the world of mathematics."

HOW-TO: SCIENCE

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Practical Electronics for Inventors. By Paul Scherz. (McGraw-Hill/TAB, 604 pp, 2000) HS-Adult. “This book gives you easy-to-use, hands-on instructions on how to turn your ideas into workable electrical gadgets. Hand drawn illustractions help this crystal-clear, learn-as-you go guide show you what a particular device does, what it looks like, how it compares with similar devices, and how it is used in applications. Includes the basic passive components: resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, as well as discrete passive circuits such as current limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits. Topics also include diodes, transistors, integrated circuits, amplifiers, and integrated circuits.”

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Homemade Lightning. By R.A. Ford. (McGraw-Hill/Tab, 257 pp, 2001) HS-Adult. “This book is perfect for beginning electrical experimenters or those with an interest in advanced electrostatics. You will find complete descriptions of several types of high-voltage generators, including a Van de Graaf generator, electroscopes, cold light, electric tornadoes, and much more.”

MATHEMATICS – GENERAL

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The Enjoyment of Math. By Hans Rademacher and Otto Toeplitz (Dover, 216 pp, 1966/1990) Teen-Adult. "What is so special about the number 30? How many colors are needed to color a map? Do the prime numbers go on forever? Are there more whole numbers than even numbers? These and other mathematical puzzles are explored in this delightful book by two eminent mathematicians. Requiring no more background than plane geometry and elementary algebra, this book leads the reader into some of the most fundamental ideas of mathematics, the ideas that make the subject exciting and interesting. Explaining clearly how each problem has arisen and, in some cases, resolved, Hans Rademacher and Otto Toeplitz's deep curiosity for the subject and their outstanding pedagogical talents shine through."

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The Fourth Dimension: Toward a Geometry of Higher Reality. By Rudy Rucker (Houghton Mifflin, 228 pp, 1984) HS-Adult. "Superb! It will hurt your brain if you don't know what you're getting into. On the other hand, if you know what to expect from Science Fact based text then you should be extremely pleased. The Plato's cave story is exceptional, and the tale of Flatland and the contemplation of a 2-D creature seeing/fathoming a 3-D creature is thought provoking. MUST READ."

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From Zero to Infinity : What Makes Numbers Interesting. By Constance Reid (MAA, many editions) Teen-Adult. Interesting "A classic of popular mathematical literature (since 1955) that combines the mathematics and the history of number theory with descriptions of the mystique that has, on occasion, surrounded the numbers even among great mathematicians."

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