Monday, December 21, 2015

Fun Mathy Books

Is it too late to suggest good holiday gifts? Here are some books I think you might like.

This is Not a Math Book, by Anna Weltman

Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty, by Alex Bellos

Mathematical Mindsets, by Jo Boaler

Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions, by Elham Kazemi

Dan MacKinnon wrote a lovely review of a book I hadn't heard of before, at his blog, Math Recreation. Here's the beginning of it...
In The Puzzle Universe: A History of Mathematics* in 315 Puzzles (TPU), Ivan Moscovich stretches the concept of puzzles to encompass almost anything that combines curiosity and playfulness (playthinks is his preferred term for this more general category of puzzling items). No surprise - these playful curiosities are inherently mathematical. In an informal and accessible way, Moscovich details the development of these puzzles, revealing their surprising family resemblances and the deep mathematics behind their playful exterior. [read the rest at Dan's blog...]
And of course, there's my book, Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers, along with all the other cool books at Natural Math.

*This link goes to, which will point to other sites. It's the best way I know of to find the least expensive copy available. (My other links point to the sites that were cheapest at bookfinder on the day I wrote this.)


  1. It's lovely! (I think I'll send it to a friend for a holiday present.)


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