There are many good books available for mathematics. One key book in
my life was my father's copy of Plane Geometry.
I remember, at a young age, looking at the diagrams in this book. They
made some claim, and I thought "that can't be true." But it was.
A bit later, I got hooked on Martin Gardner. Am I missing something? Write
me with a recommendation.
The fifteen books of Mathematical Games by Martin Gardner
Tilings and Patterns by Grunbaum and Shephard
The VNR Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics
The Master Crossword Puzzle Dictionary by Hebert Baus
On Numbers and Games by John H Conway
A Budget of Trisections by Underwood Dudley
Encyclopedia
of Chess Variants by D B Pritchard
Patterns in Nature by Peter S. Stevens
Mad Mazes by Robert Abbott (available from the author at his
site)
From Polychords to Polya by Mike Kieth (available from the author at
his
site)
The Ins & Outs of Peg Solitaire by John Beasley
Satan, Cantor and Infinity by Raymond Smullyan
The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Puzzles by David
Wells
From William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Problems and Solutions
: 1938-1964 (out of print)
"However, I found the characters somewhat flat. Why, for example, does
the set N choose to define himself in such narrow terms? Has he no dreams,
no fantasies, no weaknesses, nothing but a recursive definition? Many of
the characters had similar problems; I had difficulty relating to the motives
behind some of their self-simplifying actions."
From What
is Mathematics? Albert Einstein -- A lucid representation of the fundamental concepts
and methods of the whole field of mathematics...Easily understandable.
(Editor's note: "hmmm...")