Odd Titles
At the recent Northwest Mathematics Conference in Portland (OR), I gave a talk on the oddest things I know about in mathematics. As a brief part of that talk, I shared a listing of texts that portray contrasting images of mathematics to the public (i.e. someone who happens to wander past the mathematics shelf in a bookstore).
After my session, several people asked for a list of the book titles...one person said I should share the list via this web site. This sounded like a good idea (and use of this web site), so here goes:
 Carl Linderholm's Mathematics Made Difficult
 August DeMorgan's The Encyclopedia of Eccentrics
 Clifford Pickover's A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers, Puzzles, Madness, Religion, and the Quest for Reality
 Jon Scieszka's Math Curse
 Edward Burger and Michael Starbird's Coincidences, Chaose, and All That Math Jazz
 Rudy Rucker's The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul
 Scott Buchanan's Poetry and Mathematics
 Peter Cryle's Geometry in the Boudoir: Configurations of French Erotic Narrative
 David Wells's The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Geometry
 John Paulos'Mathematics and Humor
 William Frucht's (ed) Imaginary Numbers: An Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings
 Boyd Henry's Every Number is Special
 David Wells' The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers
 Eli Maor's To Infinity and Beyond
 Mario Livio's The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, The World's Most Astonishing Number
 Robert Kaplan's The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero
 Eli Maor's e: The Story of a Number
 Jonathan Borwein and Peter Borwein's Pi: A Source Book
 Paul Nahin's An Imaginary Tale: The Story of SQRT(1)
 Julian Havil's Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant
There are so many more books such as those listed. In future weeks in this section, I will include reviews of numerous books such as those above. If you need additional information regarding any of the above books, please contact me through this web site.
