math. All in all, it may evoke horrific memories: rows and rows of algebraic equations, and precious childhood hours spent on confusing and complicated sums. Even in our adult years, some of us avoid math as much as possible—even physicists opt for studies with fewer mathematical equations on the page.
But it doesn’t have to be.These accessible non-fiction books will help you master geometry and use cosine, sine and tangent more confidently…or they might be helpful you Help with GCSE Maths homework. Some also illuminate the history of mathematics through memoirs or even novels.
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The best math books right now
The Curious Book of Geometry: A Mathematical Story David Acheson
David Acheson freed geometry from the shackles of boring textbooks and unleashed its potential for surprise and delight. A rich and ancient history can be found in these pages, as well as the future of the field beyond simple (yet elegant) equations.
Ten equations that rule the world: and how to use them David Sumpter
When you understand the mathematical equations that underpin your daily life, you can use them to your advantage.
David Sumpter shows how just 10 formulas govern many aspects of the world, from betting and sports to social media and technology. He should know – David has worked with some of the biggest football clubs in the world and worked as a sports betting consultant.
Weird Math Series David Darling and Agniho Banerjee
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Teenage math whiz Agniho Banerjee and his mentor and science writer David Darling fill the pages of three books with bizarre and unusual facts about math, including God’s numbers (minimum number of moves required to solve a Rubik’s Cube) and the dominant character Pi in almost everything.
Mathematics for Human Thriving Francis Sue
The mathematics of human flourishing is an amazing and simple description of life in mathematics. Francis Su tells the history of the subject to reveal its necessity for our development.
If you’ve ever wondered why some people call equations “elegant” or mathematics “beautiful,” this book is for you.
The Humble Pi: The Comedy of Math Errors Matt Parker
Math can get a poor representation, especially when even the slightest miscalculation can lead to disaster. In his new book, stand-up comedian and general math whiz Matt Parker digs into his calculator to find out why so many disasters are caused by simple mistakes — often with fatal consequences.
love math Hannah Fry
While all of Hannah Fry’s books are well worth reading, this one stands out among math books. Based on her eponymous TEDxTalk, this is a quick and engaging read explaining a very complex emotion in mathematical patterns.
Beyond infinity: Exploring the outer limits of the mathematical universe Eugenia Cheng
Bringing the concept of infinity to life requires a talented writer, but Eugenia Cheng’s infectious enthusiasm makes math a joy. Learn why some infinity spaces are larger than others, and why an infinity hotel always has a room, even when it’s full.
Numbers don’t lie: 71 things you need to know about the world Vaclav Smir
In a world where the number seems to mean everything and means nothing, this book is for anyone who is suspicious of statistics or data.Vaclav Smir’s new book reveals why diesel isn’t as bad as you think, and how much food real being wasted, what actually makes people happy, etc.
Math of life and death: why math is (almost) everything Kit Yates
Kit Yates is a gentle and friendly guide for any beginner stepping into the world of mathematics. He uses numbers and statistics to explain the world around us, but in a witty and engaging way.
When you enter the world of Kit, you almost forget you’re learning, but when you close the book, you see every fact and number with a fresh look.
Math on the Back of the Envelope: The (Rough) Smart Way to Calculate Anything Rob Eastway
Hannah Fry describes Rob Eastaway’s book as “an easy-to-understand guide to numbers games,” and who do we disagree?
Solve tough math problems with the tools you need, you guessed it, just the back of an envelope (and a pencil, maybe an eraser, and a brain…)
Hinton: A Novel Mark Blacklock
Charles Howard Hinton was a Victorian scientist, inventor, novelist, and explorer of unmapped realms of the mind. As a young man in the 1880s, Hinton was seized by an idea that escaped speculative geometry and was embraced by excited idealists: what if space was actually four-dimensional and unconstrained by length, width, and height ?
Just as his work was gaining readers, a scandal hit: he was found guilty of bigamy.
Recreating the life of Charles Hinton, this novel invites readers to become historical detectives, solving long-forgotten mysteries and uncovering archive crimes.
How to predict everything: The formula that changed our understanding of life and the universe William Poundstone
A formula that has been circulating for the past 50 years shows that we can determine the end of something with a fair degree of certainty.
William Poundstone’s new book explains the history of this mysterious equation – how long we’ve been on this planet as a species, whether we can change the odds in our favor, and how we can predict, well, pretty much everything else matter.
Will Conjecture: On Mathematics and the Quest for the Unknown Karen Olsen
Andre and Simone Weir are siblings. One is a well-known mathematician, known for his contributions to algebraic geometry and number theory, and the other is a well-known philosopher and political activist. Mathematics and philosophy intertwine in this fascinating memoir of two 20th-century figures.
Numbness and numbers: How to avoid being confused by the mathematics of modern life William Haston
Numbers tell us everything and nothing. They’re used in our daily statistics, from the rise in COVID-19 cases to the savings we’re hoping to save before Christmas.
But if you’re not one of the lucky few who say, “Oh, math is mine the best school subjects”, then you may find yourself stumped by the news, personal finances, or chaos and disaster (yes, William Haston showed us there’s math involved, too). Fortunately, numbness and numbers Being able to explain these and more in a way that is easy to understand and even enjoyable to read.
When we no longer understand the world Benjamin Rabatu
Einstein, Schrödinger, and Schwarzschild are some of the most recognizable figures in the history of science, and there are many books devoted to their achievements and their impact on science.
In Benjamín Labatut’s new book, scientists take a new form. One shaped by their minds, shaped by the weight of the scientific community they carry with them. when we no longer understand the world Combine fact with fiction to create a reading experience like no other.
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