are historical anecdotes and stories about mathematicians told by the author's alter-ego, Dr. Googol. Are all mathematicians insane? The answer not clear. However, the author describes the five strangest. Did you know that Pythagoras believed that it was sinful to eat beans? …”

REFERENCE – MATHEMATICS

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Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers. By Jan Gullberg. (Norton, 1120 pp, 1996) GFBR ****. HS-Adult. "If a family is to have only one mathematics book on the reference shelf, then this is the one... " Not really something you would read from cover to cover, but more like an encyclopedia. Very well written, and has some quirky little drawings.

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Reading the Numbers: A Survival Guide to the Measurements, Numbers, and Sizes Encountered in Everyday Life. By Mary Blocksma. (Penguin, 224 pp, 1989) GFBR ***. Teen-Adult. This is a reference book, but it gives details on all sorts of things, like what the ISBN is, what those last 4 new digits on the Zip Code mean, what all those letters and numbers on automobile tires mean, and so on

### RELIABLE, PROLIFIC AUTHORS ON SCIENCE + MATH

If you cannot find any of the other 140 + books I recommended, then try looking up these names in the “author” category. If you find a title on math or science by any one of them, but it’s not on the list, then bring it to class and see if Mr. B will approve it.

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Isaac Asimov (not the science fiction!)

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Calvin C. Clawson

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Keith Devlin

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George Gamow

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Martin Gardner

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James Gleick

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Douglas Hofstadter

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Lancelot Hogben

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Eli Maor

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Theoni Pappas

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Ivars Peterson

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Clifford Pickover

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Simon Singh

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Ian Stewart

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Norbert Wiener

SCIENCE - GENERAL

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Ancient Inventions. By Peter James and Nick Thorpe. (Ballantine, 672 pp, 1994) GFBR ****. General audiences. “From Greek steam engines to Roman fire engines, Aztec chewing gum to Etruscan false teeth, earthquake detectors in China to electric batteries in Iraq… Stone age brain surgery to Middle Age hand grenades .. the Pharaoh’s canals to the Cretans’ lavatories… here’s a lively and fascinating look at the genuine wonders of the past.”

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