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Mind Tools: The Five Levels of Mathematical Reality. By Rudy Rucker (Mariner, 1988) HS-Adult. "This is an amazing book for teaching the concepts of mathematical logic, fractals, number theory, and information theory. I have never seen these concepts introduced in such an easy-to-understand fashion. I recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in these concepts. Near the end of the book, it does go a little overboard with the information theory and becomes hard to follow."


More Joy of Mathematics: Exploring Mathematics All Around You .By Theoni Pappas.. (World Wide, 304 pp, 1991) Ages 9-14 “Many have sadly been led to believe that math is a cold, lifeless subject limited only to homework assignments and balancing your checkbook. Nothing could be further from the truth, and Pappas books show this. Her ‘More Joy of Mathematics’ shows a vast amount of instances of where math shows up, some math history, and a few visual brain teasers. How are exponents involved in the forging that creates a powerful Samuri sword? How do the properties of an elipse make your car's headlights switch to high-beam? What math can be found in an ocean wave, the strength of a honeycomb pattern, or a nautilus shell? How is math vital to the contruction of musical instruments? Is zero really a "number", and where does the concept come from? What are some currently unsolved problems in mathematics? A total layman could understand most of the book, but to understand all the mini essays you might at least want to have knowledge of math at the high school level. The book is a fast read, and fun to flip back and forth through, because each example is summarized in its own 1 or 2 page section, with illustrations. The same goes for ‘Joy of Mathematics’ so you don't necessarily have to read that one first; they just contain different sets of examples. And don't think that all the good ideas were already taken for the first book – ‘More Joy of Mathematics’ is just as exciting to read. Plus it has a single index listing the topics from both this book and the previous one, so if you buy both it's easy to find the article you want by only looking it up once. Perfect gift for a math enthusiast at any level, and it may even covert a few ‘mathphobes’.”


Nature's Numbers: The Unreal Reality of Mathematics. By Ian Stewart. (Basic, 176 pp, 1997) "First-rate popular mathematics writing...Stewart achieves what other popular mathematics writers merely strive for: an accurate, informative portrayal of contemporary mathematics without a single equation in sight...[If] someone you know wants to know what mathematics really is, buy them a copy of Nature's Numbers."


Nonzero : The Logic of Human Destiny By Robert Wright. (Vintage, 448 pp, 2001) (HS-Adult) "In defiance of the recent scorn heaped on speculations positing progressive or directional laws of history, Robert Wright believes that game theory offers the framework for interpreting such seemingly disparate phenomena as the invention of writing, DNA, and the World Trade Organization as parts of an overarching pattern. The "logic of human destiny" Wright refers to in his subtitle is the logic of non-zero -- that non-zero-sum games inherently provide more fitness for survival than zero-sum games in the long run, and that non-zeroness breeds more non-zeroness by opening up new and more elaborate ways to profit and thrive."



The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat. By Theoni Pappas. (World Wide, 132 pp, 1997) ages 9-14. "Penrose, a cat with a knack for math, takes children on an adventurous tour of mathematical concepts from fractals to infinity. When the fractal dragon jumps off the computer screen and threatens to grow larger than the room itself, Penrose must find out if fractal patterns can work in reverse, getting smaller instead of larger."


Afterwards: Folk and Fairy Tales With Mathematical Ever Afters. by Peggy Kaye. (Cuisenaire, 128 pp, 1997) ages 9-12. "I enjoyed this book. My students enjoyed the moral

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