It is that time of the year when everyone is thinking at Christmas presents. So, I thought I could help some of you (or your partners/friends/family) with some ideas for this Christmas. Without further explanations, let us start the list:
1. Books!!! Books!! And more BOOKS!! Don’t be surprised, every mathematician loves a good book. At first this might sound a little hard, but I would recommend skipping the books which are topic related – they know those books better than you – or the books which are just general – they might already know all those things and the book might be boring. I think that buying a biography (such as Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges) or something on the historic part of a topic (such as Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife).
2. Fun Clothes – I know a couple of mathematicians who go insane for some t-shirts with great quotes or phrases. Also, it does not have to be a t-shirt, it can actually be any other piece of clothing. If you do not know what the quote means or you are not sure, just Google it (sounds basic, but I assure you it works). Here are some sneaky examples:
3. Math-related games. This topic is even more varied than the other two above. There are lots of games out there, starting with the old-popular Rubik’s Cube and all its variations (such as Rubik’s Void or Megaminx Dodecahedron Magic Cube, which looks insane) to cards with fun designs ( Pablo Tellechea’s cards with geometric patterns). Personally, I like to search on Amazon for the shops The Great Minds Range or Professor Puzzle because they have lots of great games.
Hope you liked this short post and it gives you a couple of ideas for some great Christmas presents. Have a great productive week. Let me know if you would like to read more similar ones. You can find me on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter and Instagram. I will try to post there as often as possible.
Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!