Which -math- books have you read? (and suggestions for fun ones)

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I do read math books on occasion, but more lately. A week or so ago I finished reading the biography of John Conway, who is of interest to me due to his mostly geometric approach to problems. I am also 1/4 into his (co-author) book on symmetries ("The Symmetries of Things"), where one can find important (and decently recent) breakthroughs in using topology to examine 2d forms (in other words, negating the value of actual measurements).
For people interested in calculus, there is always a ton of new youtube videos, of varying quality and fun-to-solemnity ratio. Again I mostly like the geometrical presentations.

Currently reading a historic (famous and celebrated) book on calculus, by Gardner. But although the first chapters were indeed a different approach (from first principles etc), now, 1/5 in the book, I was a bit surprised that Gardner considered it non-incogruous with his own stated approach to spend so many pages on presenting how to differentiate when you have multiplied or divided functions (who wants to read about division of polynomials here :p ), when he hasn't even shown to the reader why differentiation actually matters.

Then again the book has a co-author, so maybe those parts were written by the latter and the order was a compromise. Style is a bit inconsistent ;) I am obviously waiting for the part about the anti-derivative.
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The only maths book I have read in the last few years is this, but it is not very fun. It is an amazing method though, you can basically build any model and throw any data at it and it will parameterise the model if it makes any sense at all.
 

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The only maths book I have read in the last few years is this, but it is not very fun. It is an amazing method though, you can basically build any model and throw any data at it and it will parameterise the model if it makes any sense at all.
If anything, its cover looks awesome :D
 
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