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Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:23 am
by AnalyticalEngine
I learned a lot of math in school, but it was all basically just how to copy techniques to solve problems. What I want to learn now is the more formal mathematics/proofs of these concepts, as well as the history of how various things came to be. Does anyone have any good book suggestions that cover this?

Re: Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:33 am
by Alphaville

Re: Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:50 am
by ertyu
I'm a fan of pop nonfiction that takes one simple concept and tells a story around it. For example, googling, "history of zero book" will yield a couple of titles that do this with the emergence and adoption of the number zero. Why we use x for the unknown has a pretty neat story, too.

Re: Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:14 pm
by daylen
The Princeton Companion to Mathematics (both pure and applied are great)
Rudin - Principles of Mathematical Analysis (complex and functional after this... Tao is another option)
Polya - How to Solve it
Tao - Solving Mathematical Problems
Jaynes - Probability Theory
Pinter - A Book of Abstract Algebra
Russell - Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy

Add a good linear algebra book and that covers foundations. I could also recommend more specialized sources if you have a goal in mind or just want to reach a bit.

Re: Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:19 am
by fiby41
I would've said Springer series on history of mathematics but I'm biased because I've only opened books by 1 author from them.

Re: Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:38 am
by 7Wannabe5
World of Mathematics-Newman
The Works of Henri Poincare
The Most Elegant Equation-Stipp
The Theory that Would Not Die-McGrayne
The Book of Numbers-Conway

Re: Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:01 am
by AnalyticalEngine
Thanks for the good recommendations everyone. I'll check these books out!

Re: Book recommendations on the history of mathematics?

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:08 pm
by simplex
On the lighter side I can recommend "Alex's Adventures in Numberland". It focuses on a few math problems, and does it in a quite entertaining way.