During the summer holiday I never enjoy reading hard math text books and most of the time I enjoy reading more easy ones. Normally I chose them carefully, to find out more about a subject I am not really confident with. This is a great way to find inspiration and gain curiosity for a though math-subject. Also, these books are great for math-lovers that don’t want to read textbooks. Moreover, I have recommended these books for everyone that wants to start doing mathematics but doesn’t know where to start exactly. Let’s get started:
1. Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh: Fermat’s last theorem is one of those extremely known theorems out there. Also, it is a theorem easy to understand for everyone, but it showed up that being easy to understand doesn’t make it easy to prove it. In this book, Simon Singh has crafted a remarkable tale of intellectual endeavour spanning three centuries, and a moving testament to the obsession, sacrifice and extraordinary determination of Andrew Wiles, who proved it after a long struggle. Give it a try, Fermat’s Last Theorem is a nice summer book.
2. The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh: right now, this book starts to become a classic if you ask me. If you were a fan of “The Simpsons” this is the perfect book for you. And if you are also into mathematics this is even better. I was quite surprised to find that the show explored so much mathematics: from Mersenne primes, Euler’s equation to the unsolved riddle of P vs. NP, from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers, and much more.
3. 17 Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart: is one of those books that shows how mathematics has influenced other subjects. It is perfect for those that want to see some applications of math into other subjects, such as physics, economy, chemistry and more. It is interesting to see how Pythagoras’s Theorem led to GPS and SatNav; how logarithms are applied in architecture; why imaginary numbers were important in the development of the digital camera, and what is really going on with Schrödinger’s cat. So, this is perfect for a beach read.
4. Alex Through the Looking Glass by Alex Bellos: is exactly the time of book I was referring in the introduction. Perfect for someone that wants to see the beauty of math, or thinks that math is awesome and fun, but doesn’t know where to start reading and learning about it. The standard description of the book is perfect and I will quote it: “From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world”.
Which of these is your perfect? Also, which other math related books you have on your list for this summer? Hope you are all having fun this summer, don’t forget to check my Facebook event: Mathematics and Summer ^_^ Thank you for your help and support. Thank you for reading. You can find me on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter, Instagram and Lettrs, I will try to post there as often as possible. Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!