Summer Math Book List

May 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm 3 comments

The end of the school year is nigh. No more teachers, no more books. No more phrases like, “The solution is left as an exercise for the reader.” If you need some light reading for your summer vacation, I highly recommend Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks. Until you get your hands on a copy, though, here are a few jokes about books to make you smile.

Why was the math book sad?
Because it had so many problems.

Why did the math book become a recluse?
Because no one understood him.

How many math books have you read in your lifetime?
I don’t know. I’m not dead yet.

What book are you reading?
What is it about?
About 120 pages.

Seriously, here are some good math books to read on summer vacation:

  • Calculus for Cats by Kenn Amdahl and Jim Loats
  • The Calculus Diaries by Jennifer Ouelette
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott
  • Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
  • The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan
  • Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg
  • Prisoner’s Dilemma by William Poundstone
  • Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife

And if none of those float your boat, try this one from Spiked Math.

Math Joke Book for Kids

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  • 1. xander  |  May 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    For summer reading, can I also recommend Lakoff and Nunez’s Where Mathematics Comes From and Strogatz’s Joy of X?

    • 2. venneblock  |  May 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      I haven’t read Where Math Comes From. I reviewed Joy of x a few months ago, and I agree that it would be great summer read… light, interesting, and not too taxing.

  • 3. Eternal is the right word | Books not computers  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:12 am

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The Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks blog is an online extension to the book Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks. The blog contains jokes submitted by readers, new jokes discovered by the author, details about speaking appearances and workshops, and other random bits of information that might be interesting to the strange folks who like math jokes.

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