You may have seen the Dartmouth Now coverage of the article Making Math Pop in a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education by mathematician and department chair, Dan Rockmore. Dan’s review of expository mathematical writings, old and new, is captivating from the first line, “You never forget your first love. I’m staring at her right now: a well-thumbed copy of E.T. Bell’s Men of Mathematics.”
Dan’s Chronicle article highlights colorful stories and histories behind the mathematics many of us have come to enjoy, and the mathematics we use everyday, perhaps without even knowing it. We have many classic and new books in our collection about math and mathematicians from histories to recreations.
The following is a sampling of books mentioned in in Making Math Pop, or links to other titles and authors from our collection that have proved inspiring to many readers young and old.
Mathematics for the Million by Lancelot Thomas Hogben
And for a recent and colorful narrative on the personalities behind some mathematicians or enduring theorems, you may enjoy A strange wilderness : the lives of the great mathematicians