5 Great Books for Mathematics Majors

For individuals studying mathematics, or those considering doing so at a university, it can be helpful to get an overview of the subject and both the theoretical and real-world uses of mathematics. As such, this list compiles a collection of books which relate to mathematics and their uses, hoping to inspire those interested in becoming mathematicians or simply learning more about the subject.

1. The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge

This book, as reviewed in Publishers Weekly is a fascinating collection of images, all centralized around the theme of circles and knowledge. The book is heavy on attractive graphs, photographs, and other visual oddities. While the text presentation is minimal, the book has a clean style and interface that allows for plenty of deep thinking and exploration of mathematical relationships. This is at the top of the list as a great book for mathematics majors interest in art and design.

2. I Am a Strange Loop

I Am a Strange Loop, by Douglass Hofstadter, is a sprawling book that attempts to tackle the nature of the self and what it means to be a person. The book incorporates insights from high-level mathematics, chess, music and other diverse subjects while honing in the central thesis that the “self” exists as a strange feedback loop, to which with both participate and reflect on this participation. A fascinating read for fans of mathematics, psychology and spirituality, which is why we have chosen it as a great book for mathematics majors.

3. Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks

This book, written by Arthur Benjamin, is an invaluable asset for those looking to develop a useful toolkit of tips and tricks for conquering mental math and calculation. While this book stays away from high-brow theories and conceptual topics, it is an incredible manual for developing strategies and methods to quickly calculate anything from tip percentages to agricultural estimates. This book is going to transform you from mathematician to math-magician as promised, making it a great book for mathematics majors.

4. The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics

This book covers a sprawling selection of mathematics history taking on a dizzying array (no pun intended) of mathematical subjects and fascinations.From the stars to cars, this book has topics sure to fascinate the mathematically-curious. Therefore, we have selected it as a great book for mathematics majors.

5. Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty

For the final book on our list, this book is a collection of beautiful images to be colored in. While it is easy nowadays to find a charming coloring book, few do as well as to capture some of the powerful mathematics principles that we find in our study of mathematics and related topics. The beautiful illustrations range from simple to complicated, and any person coloring in this book will be captivated from start to finish.

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This selection of books is a well-rounded and diverse approach to the field of mathematics, designed to appeal to both mathematics majors and those looking for a more casual view into the topic. Each one of these books can serve as a branching off point for those looking to expand their minds and ponder both the beauty and complications of the mathematics and the universe. Mathematics is a beautiful field of study, and it has footnotes in art, history, astrology and every subject imaginable. This list will hopefully serve as a handy guide for those looking to learn.