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Can you recommend short, easy-to-understand math writing I can read before bed?
posted by kristi to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I would love to find short, clear, engaging explanations of mathematical concepts that I can read before bed.
1-4 pages would be great. I would especially love books filled with these, but individual articles would be great too.
Ideally, each piece would
- explain the idea clearly and simply enough for a teenager to understand
- describe how the mathematician developed it
- talk about how it's involved in everyday life
Some of the segments of A Brief History of Mathematics come close to this. (However, I'm looking for the printed word, here, not podcasts or videos.)
Puzzlers could be okay, but I'm really looking for descriptions and explanations, not mathematical puzzles that will keep me up all night.
I am completely open to reading children's books.