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All these books can be found in the school library.

While a book may be in the Lower School section it will

still provide enough challenge for older students and

adults alike.

Tony Crilly

Download this book for **free** here.

The concise chapters in this fascinating book cover ideas

in mathematics, some of which you will know about

(such as zero and pi) but many of which will be new to you

(like chaos, topology and game theory). This is a

great way to look beyond the school curriculum.

Simon Singh

A great, fun read that starts simple and grows into

some fairly complex ideas in the second half.

A must for all Simpsons fans and

suitable for 3rd Years or confident 2nd Years.

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David Acheson

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Timothy Gowers

This is an excellent little book that introduces some big

mathematical ideas in a concise and understandable way.

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Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham

In this entertaining book you will see where

mathematics can be used in everyday life.

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Alex Bellos

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Cambridge University produce a thorough reading

list for anyone wanting to study Mathematics,

but there are some gems in here for all readers,

many will appear above and below. You can find most

of these books in the school's library.

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This is a highly readable book on the purest of pure

mathematics, number theory and prime numbers,

whose backbone is the race to prove the Riemann

Hypothesis, which has stood for nearly 200 years.

The book is filled with interesting anecdotes about

the lives of great mathematicians.

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Ian's books are also suitable for 6th Form students.

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In this series of podcasts from the BBC, Marcus du Sautoy

reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues

that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science

Listen to the story of the rivalry between the great,

but rather unpleasant, English mathematician and his

Swiss counterpart, Leibniz, over who first invented

one of the most important areas of mathematics - calculus.

2. Leonard Euler

What do the seven bridges in Königsberg have to do with

the internet? Listen to how the remarkable mathematician,

Leonard Euler, laid the foundation for new branches

of mathematics - graph theory and topology.

3. Joseph Fourier

How can your headphones produce the sound of heavy

metal one moment and classical music another? Enter Joseph

Fourier, the mathematician who made sense of waves and

find out why he liked heat so much.

4. Evariste Galois

Listen to how Galois paved the way for quantum mechanics

and how he met a tragic and early end in a duel.

5. Carl Friedrich Gauss

The mathematician who, amongst other great discoveries,

came up with the most important curve in statistics

- the normal, or Gaussian, distribution.

6. Mathematicians Who Helped Einstein

Arguably the greatest physicist of all time, Einstein,

needed great mathematicians to help him produce his

ground-breaking theories. Learn about Bernard Riemann

and non-Euclidean geometry.

7. Georg Cantor

Find out about the mathematician who described infinity

and proved there were different types of infinity, some

bigger than others. Prepare to have your mind blown.

8. Henri Poincare

Why is the weather so hard to predict? What is the butterfly

effect? Listen to the story of Henri Poincare, the

mathematician whose error in a prize-winning proof led him

to discover chaos theory.

9. Hardy and Ramanujan

Why are prime numbers so important to mathematicians?

What is their link to cryptography (the mathematics

of codes)? Listen to the relationship between the Indian

prodigy and Englishman revive the fortunes of mathematics

in this country.

10. Nicolas Bourbaki

The remarkable story of the French mathematician who

managed to publish so much work in one lifetime, which

led to the first proof of a theorem that had stood

for over 350 years - Fermat’s Last Theorem.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss key mathematical

principles and theories, and the role of key figures in their

development. Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

1. Zero - once denounced as the devil's work

2. Negative Numbers - a history of mystery and suspicion

3. Prime Numbers - their mysterious role in the universe of numbers

4. Pi - the history of the longest and most detailed number in nature

5. Probability - its strange mathematics

6. Pythagoras - the ideas of the Pythagoreans

7. Symmetry - the idea of symmetry in art and nature

8. The Fibonacci Sequence - its mathematical and cultural mysteries

9. Euclid's Elements

10. e - Euler's number

11. Calculus - the dispute over who invented calculus

12. Infinity - its nature and existence

13. Imaginary Numbers - what are they?

14. Cryptography - the origins and history of codes

15. Chaos Theory - how it has affected our understanding of the universe

16. Fermat's Last Theorem

17. Game Theory - the mathematical study of decision-making

18. Archimedes - his life and work

19. Carl Friedrich Gauss - one of the great mathematicians

20. The Poincare Conjecture - can it explain the shape of the universe

21. Godel's Incompleteness Theorems

22. Logic - its history

23. N vs NP - the mathemaical problem of P versus NP

24. Random and Pseudorandom

25. Mathematics - its importance in relation to other sciences

26. Mathematics Unintended Consequences

27. Mathematics and Platonism - maths: invention or discovery?

28. Indian Mathematics - its 5000 year story

29. Maths in the Early Islamic World - the flourishing of maths from C8th

30. Renaissance Maths - when maths moved from art to a science

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