# Best math books on Reddit

173 reviews from r/math, r/learnmath, r/mathematics and 10 more subreddits

173 reviews from r/math, r/learnmath, r/mathematics and 10 more subreddits

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#1

4.6

(10)

"I highly recommend "Fermat's Last Theorem"."

"Check out the Murderous Maths books, they're fantastic."

"Journey Through Genius is amazing."

"The Art of the Infinite is one of my favorites."

"I like Journey Through Genius, and Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis."

"I can make one recommendation: **The Number Devil**."

"Journey Through Genius and Crest if the Peacock are two interesting math history books."

"Some others we have enjoyed: [*Spaghetti and Meatballs For All*]."

"Some others we have enjoyed: [*How Many*]."

"A lot of people recommend The Book of Proof."

#2

4.6

(8)

"And I second Fermat's Enigma and A Mathematician's Apology."

"Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh"

"“Fermat’s Last Theorem” Simon Singh (anything by him)."

"Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh (anything by him)."

"Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh is a fantastic book on excellent topics for getting acquainted with the maths world."

"Books like *Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension* by Matt Parker and *Fermat's Enigma* by Simon Singh might be fun for someone her age."

"*Fermat's Last Theorem* and *The Code Book* by Singh."

"Simon Singh's "Fermat's Last Theorem" is also very good."

#3

4.5

(6)

"I would suggest Calculus and differential equations since that will help you in your further math exam."

"Ian Steward’s Hoard of mathematical treasures."

"I loved those in high school."

"Check out [Ian Stewart's] books."

"Fantastic for experiencing where math occurs in actual life."

"I enjoyed them."

#4

4.8

(5)

"Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker"

"Things to Make and do in the Fourth Dimension - Matt Parker."

"Humble Pi - Matt Parker."

"I love Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker."

"Books like *Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension* by Matt Parker and *Fermat's Enigma* by Simon Singh might be fun for someone her age."

#5

4.8

(4)

"Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz"

"Infinite Powers - Steven Strogatz."

"Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz is a very entertaining book."

"Infinite powers is quite well written, I enjoy strogatz’s exposition in general."

#6

4.5

(4)

"Math with Bad Drawings - Ben Orlin."

"Change is the Only Constant - Ben Orlin."

"A good coffee table type book is Math With Bad Drawings by Ben Orlin."

"Change is the only constant by ben orlin."

#7

5.0

(3)

"Hey I’m just a freshman, but I think you should give Mathematics Magic and Mystery by Martin Gardner a go."

"I loved those in high school."

"Was great for me growing up."

#8

4.0

(3)

"Three popular books by John Allen Paulos: *Innumeracy*."

"*Beyond Innumeracy*."

"*A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper*."

#9

5.0

(2)

"I enjoyed reading Alex Bellos's works."

"I’ve always been curious about math."

#10

5.0

(2)

"Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire"

"I loved Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire."

#11

5.0

(2)

"Introduction to Analytic number theory by Apostol is the go to book to learn AnT."

"After that you can move to second book by apostol in that series."

#12

4.5

(2)

"“Shape” - Jordan Ellenberg."

"I really enjoyed How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg!"

#13

4.5

(2)

"One that I have not seen mentioned here is 'History of Pi' by Petr Beckmann."

"Finally, I like "A History of Pi" by Petr Beckmann."

#14

4.5

(2)

"Lately I've been reading *Love and Math* by Edward Frenkel and quite like it."

"I just read and enjoyed _Math Without Numbers_."

#15

4.5

(2)

"You can also go through Islam which I highly recommend."

"You can actually practice the 800 Islam book. It has a math review section."

#16

4.0

(2)

"I've found the books published by Dover to be helpful."

"1. http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-mathematics-history-of-mathematics.html"

#17

4.0

(2)

"If *Elliptic Tales* and *Fearless Symmetry* are any guide, then his latest book on modular forms, *Summing It Up*, should also be readable yet insightful."

"*Elliptic Tales: Curves, Counting, and Number Theory* is pretty good."

#18

4.0

(2)

"William Dunham writes some good stuff that's written at a level an advanced undergraduate should be able to mostly digest."

"I also like "Journey through Genius" by William Dunham."

#19

4.0

(2)

""How to Study as a Mathematics Degree" by Lara Alcock and "Book of Proof" by Hammack or "How to Prove it" by Velleman."

"How to Study for a Mathematics Major - Lara Alcock."

#20

4.0

(2)

"Hilbert by Constance Reid."

"Courant by Constance Reid."

#21

5.0

(1)

"You need nothing other than Hassani’s Mathematical Methods book."

#22

5.0

(1)

"Measurement by Paul Lockhard - it will guide you though fun geometric exercises and history up to a bit of calculus."

#23

5.0

(1)

"According to my quantum prof: Mathematical Methods for Physicists from Arfken"

#24

5.0

(1)

"[Book of Proof](https://www.people.vcu.edu/~rhammack/BookOfProof/)"

#25

5.0

(1)

"[Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea](https://www.amazon.com/Zero-Biography-Dangerous-Charles-Seife/dp/0140296476/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1E4LWO5XQ4R2A&keywords=zero+biography+of+dangerous+idea&qid=1555044741&s=gateway&sprefix=zero+bio%2Caps%2C167&sr=8-1)"

#26

5.0

(1)

"[The Golden Ratio](https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Ratio-Worlds-Astonishing-Number/dp/0767908163/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=the+g)"

#27

5.0

(1)

"Imaginary Tale by Nahin"

#28

5.0

(1)

"And anything else by Nahin tbh- The Logician and the Engineer."

#29

5.0

(1)

"Gamma by Julian Havil."

#30

5.0

(1)

"Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant. Reading it now and loving every page."

#31

5.0

(1)

"[Lanczos, Variational Principles of Mechanics] is a personal favorite."

#32

5.0

(1)

"John Derbyshire's *Prime Obsession* is really good, and it's very good at laying the foundations for the math it requires in a beginner-friendly way."

#33

5.0

(1)

"Boas is a very good physics math book! Best I’ve read."

#34

5.0

(1)

"*Visual differential geometry and forms* by needham and *a visual introduction to differential forms and calculus on manifolds* by fortney are great reads."

#35

5.0

(1)

"Klaus Jänich: *Vector Analysis*"

#36

5.0

(1)

"The Field medalist Cédric villani, the birth of a theorem."

#37

5.0

(1)

"Smooth manifolds by John M. Lee"

#38

5.0

(1)

"*Matrix Computations* by Golub and Van Loan is a classic of applied linear algebra."

#39

5.0

(1)

"Love and Math, by Frenkel was an excellent and simple book."

#40

5.0

(1)

"I liked reading 'Kepler's Conjecture' by George Szpiro."

#41

5.0

(1)

"Amir Aczel: 'Infinitesimal'."

#42

5.0

(1)

"“How Numbers Work” by New Scientist."

#43

5.0

(1)

"Gödel, Escher, Bach - Douglas R. Hofstadter."

#44

5.0

(1)

"Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant - Julian Havil."

#45

5.0

(1)

"I would recommend flatland, by Abbott."

#46

5.0

(1)

"Experiments in Topology - Stephen Barr."

#47

5.0

(1)

"I really enjoyed 'Euler's Gem' by David Richeson"

#48

5.0

(1)

"Some others we have enjoyed: [*Anno’s Math Games*]."

#49

5.0

(1)

"I still remember returning to it regularly."

#50

5.0

(1)

"It won’t hurt to learn problem-solving from him."

#51

5.0

(1)

"Proofs from The Book is a very fun read."

#52

5.0

(1)

"Is a great one. Very approachable and written for everyone."

#53

5.0

(1)

"His longer book on infinity is perfect for high school students."

#54

5.0

(1)

"How to Solve It by George Pólya. Amazing read."

#55

5.0

(1)

"I really Loved “God Created the Integers” by Stephen Hawking."

#56

5.0

(1)

"I teach primary gifted and talented students and they LOVE it!"

#57

5.0

(1)

"Really great and charming illustrations, plus it actually 'goes deep' enough to pique real interest in the magic and mystery of numbers."

#58

5.0

(1)

"My kid loves the Murderous Maths series - it's British."

#59

5.0

(1)

"Absolutely Everything That Matters in Mathematics in 1001 Bite-Sized Explanations."

#60

5.0

(1)

"This is the best I've personally come across."

#61

5.0

(1)

"The Birth of a Theorem by Cedric Villani! It is probably my favorite in this category of math books."

#62

5.0

(1)

"I'd recommend first Tu's Introduction to Manifolds followed by Lee's Riemannian Geometry book."

#63

5.0

(1)

"I found riemannian geometry by do carmo very good."

#64

5.0

(1)

"Check out 'Proofs: A Long-Form Mathematics Textbook' by Jay Cummings."

#65

5.0

(1)

"Mathematics for the Nonmathematician, by Morris Kline. It is an easy read."

#66

5.0

(1)

"Concrete Mathematics or MIT's mathematics for computer science."

#67

5.0

(1)

"Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Mary L. Boas."

#68

5.0

(1)

"I'd recommend first Tu's Introduction to Manifolds followed by Lee's Riemannian Geometry book."

#69

5.0

(1)

"Strang's Introduction to Linear Algebra is a must-read."

#70

5.0

(1)

"We learnt Differential Geometry using 'Elementary Differential Geometry' by Andrew Pressley."

#71

5.0

(1)

"Egghead's Guide To Calculus was one of the best books I've read about calculus."

#72

5.0

(1)

"I'm currently working through Discrete Mathematics with applications by Susanna Epp."

#73

5.0

(1)

"Give the *Art Of Problem Solving* book series a try."

#74

5.0

(1)

"As someone who prefers learning from book I would recommend Kuhnel, followed by O'Neill."

#75

5.0

(1)

"As someone who prefers learning from book I would recommend Kuhnel, followed by O'Neill."

#76

4.0

(1)

"The Geometry of Physics (Frankel)."

#77

4.0

(1)

"Modern Differential Geometry for Physicists (Isham)."

#78

4.0

(1)

"I’m working on Velleman’s How to Prove It and Devlin’s Introduction to Mathematical Thinking now."

#79

4.0

(1)

"Differential Geometry, Gauge Theories, and Gravity by Göckeler and Schücker is a great book!"

#80

4.0

(1)

"For Multi-Variable Calculus, you may like *[Active Calculus](https://activecalculus.org/)* by Schlicker, Austin, & Boelkins."

#81

4.0

(1)

"I read a nice book about the axiom of choice once. I don't recall the name but it was published by Springer."

#82

4.0

(1)

"Schaum's linear algebra is actually very good and comprehensive."

#83

4.0

(1)

"Mathematics it's context, methods, and meaning A.D. Aleksandrov, A.N. Kolmogorov, M.A. Lavrent'ev."

#84

4.0

(1)

"If you're interested in set theory, Rudy Rucker's *Infinity and the Mind* is a great mixture of amiable explication and rock-solid mathematics."

#85

4.0

(1)

"If one enjoys highschool geometry, determining lengths and proving congruencies and trigonometry, Coexeters 'Geometry revisited' is basically just much more of that."

#86

4.0

(1)

"Gauge Fields, Knots, and Gravity by Baez and Munian is probably the most readable introduction to differential geometry."

#87

4.0

(1)

"I really enjoyed Robert Ghrist’s Elementary Applied Topology."

#88

4.0

(1)

"The Joy of X and The Universe in Zero Words are good, simple, and readable for someone with only high school math skills"

#89

4.0

(1)

"The Joy of X and The Universe in Zero Words are good, simple, and readable for someone with only high school math skills"

#90

4.0

(1)

"Road to Reality by Penrose gets hard fast, but it's got quality math on the way to fairly advanced astrophysics"

#91

4.0

(1)

"Byron and Fuller's "Mathematics for Classical and Quantum Physics" provides pretty thorough coverage of the basics of mathematical physics."

#92

4.0

(1)

"Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics. by Schutz."

#93

4.0

(1)

"Mathematical methods by Boas is a good undergrad level book for physicists."

#94

4.0

(1)

"Check out "The Math Curse"."

#95

4.0

(1)

"* The Grapes of Math - Greg Tang."

#96

4.0

(1)

"* The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math - Sean Conolly."

#97

4.0

(1)

"* Math & Magic in Wonderland - Lilac Mohr."

#98

4.0

(1)

"Not exactly a light read, but good enough to understand what mathematics is all about."

#99

4.0

(1)

"Have a fun collaboration."

#100

4.0

(1)

"Shows the historical development of mathematics."

#101

4.0

(1)

"Yet another recommendation: Mathematics Without Apologies by Michael Harris."

#102

4.0

(1)

"I really enjoyed it"

#103

4.0

(1)

"Concrete Mathematics if you have some experience with math."

#104

4.0

(1)

"It explains the history of abstract algebra in the first couple of chapters."

#105

4.0

(1)

"I found AoPS books to be very rewarding, but very challenging."

#106

4.0

(1)

#107

4.0

(1)

"We have read through the cartoon guide to statistics twice, and my kid is only four."

#108

4.0

(1)

"I had one (not about math) called *I Am Not a Short Adult* that I loved when I was a kid."

#109

4.0

(1)

"There are lots of accessible books about math for everyday people."

#110

4.0

(1)

"Maybe use Stephen Abbott's Understanding Analysis instead."

#111

4.0

(1)

"I like the book "The Man who Loved Only Numbers", by Paul Hoffman."

#112

4.0

(1)

"I wouldn’t call it exactly pop math but pretty casual and an IMO interesting subject: the Knot Book by Colin Adams"

#113

4.0

(1)

""Once Upon a Prime" by Sarah Hart."

#114

4.0

(1)

"Mathemagics by Arthur Benjamin is fairly approachable."

#115

4.0

(1)

"Try doing linear algebra by peter d lax...its pretty good."

#116

4.0

(1)

"How to Think Like a Mathematician - Kevin Houston."

#117

4.0

(1)

"Elementary differential geometry by Barrett O'Neil."

#118

4.0

(1)

"*Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications* by Kenneth Rosen is one of the most used in colleges."

#119

4.0

(1)

"Spivak's *Calculus* is a good place to start."

#120

4.0

(1)

"Black book, Arihant(illustrations-subjective type) have selective hard questions."

#121

4.0

(1)

"Basic Mathematics by Serge Lang."

#122

4.0

(1)

"*Asimov on Numbers* - Isaac Asimov."

#123

4.0

(1)

"Try Applied Linear Algebra by Peter J. Olver."

#124

4.0

(1)

"Had a pretty fun time reading Algebraic Geometry by Hartshorne."

#125

4.0

(1)

"A Mathematician's Apology by G H Hardy."

#126

3.0

(1)

"We used this book: A Beginner's Guide to Discrete Mathematics.. It was an alright book."

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