17 Interesting Math Books That You Should Read in 2021

Illustration Daniela Raskovsky

Mathematics is a vast and diverse field, and so many good mathematicians can share their knowledge with humans in a beautiful way.

Although this year, 2020, has ruined our lives, it helped me read many math books this year. And now, I am eager to read some new good math books.

I have chosen 17 books for lifelong learners. I have read some of them this year and also I added the books that I am planning to read in 2021.

I hope you enjoy them.

If infinity has always been a bit of an issue for you, this book suits you well. You will love Cheng’s explanations and metaphors when the author is conveying complex topics. You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand this book. I definitely recommend this book.

I must admit that the title intrigued me into picking up this one. However, Hannah Fry didn’t make me regret it. She had a different perspective on human behavior, and she entirely shared it with us. If you want to read some fascinating ideas contain education within this book, just get it today.

Read this book. There are moments in one’s reading life where one comes across an unexpected book that gives one pleasure in absorbing the text and revelation in ruminating about the message. That was my feeling after I finished Mathematics for Human Flourishing.

In this book, Francis answers the question “why do we learn mathematics?” and “how should we learn mathematics” and explores what it means to flourish as a human. If you’re a teacher, a parent, a student, and a lifelong learner, you need this book. I highly suggest giving this book a try.

Even if mathematics was not your favorite subject in school, this book is very educative and quite funny, and you will love this book. Through Matt’s math errors stories, he will make you laugh at least once on every page.

In this book, David Sumpter clarifies that a couple of handfuls of equations have a considerable influence on our everyday lives.

What we have here are ten critical equations from applied mathematics. Each is well-described with often personal examples. I absolutely loved this book.

Maths is everywhere, in everything. It’s in the finest margins of modern sport. It’s in the electrical pulses of our hearts and the flight of every bird. It is our key to secret messages, lost languages and perhaps even the shape of the universe of itself.

David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee reveal the mathematics at the farthest reaches of our world — from its role in the plots of novels to how animals employ numerical skills to survive. Along the way they explore what makes a genius, why a seemingly simple problem can confound the best and brightest for decades, and what might be the great discovery of the twenty-first century. As Bertrand Russell once said, ‘mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty’. Banerjee and Darling make sure we see it right again.

I took this book with me when I was going anywhere until I finished because I couldn’t stop reading. If you are wondering about daily life applications of mathematics, this book will give you many examples.

I wish this were the first book I’d pick up on math. The Fermi problems section is wonderfully done. In general, it is a fun book. However, it requires some math.

Howard Hinton and his family are living in Japan, escaping from a scandal. Hinton’s obsession is his work, voyages into pure mathematical space, the fourth dimension, and his wife and sons. Each of them is entangled in the strange and unknown landscapes of Hinton’s science fiction.

In a bravura and startling meeting of real and philosophical elements, Mark Blacklock has created a gorgeous period piece of late-Victorian social, scientific, and domestic life. Hinton is about extraordinary discoveries and terrible choices. It is about people who discover and map other realms and the implications for those of us left behind.

There’s a useful calculation being used by Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and maths professors worldwide, and it predicts that the human race has only 760 years left to live.

Using its formula, we can look at the world around us with new eyes. What is the chance that there are multiple universes? How long will Hamilton run? Will the US stock market continue to perform as well this century as it has for the last hundred years? And are we all doomed?

This book is not really that much about math, but still, it is a fantastic and unique short book. It is well worth your time. It is an engaging dual biography of the Weil siblings, Simone the philosopher, and Andre, the mathematician.

Like it or not, our lives are dominated by mathematics. Our daily diet of news regales us with statistical forecasts, opinion polls, risk assessments, inflation figures, weather and climate predictions, and all sorts of political decisions and advice backed up by supposedly accurate numbers. Most of us do not even pause and question such figures even to ask what they mean and raise more questions than they answer. We let the models wash over us with no more than a glance. In this simple guide for anyone numbed by numbers, William Hartston explains with clarity and humor on how to steer a safe path through the minefield of mathematics surrounding you.

This book is a fast-paced, mind-expanding literary work about scientific discovery, ethics, and the unsettled distinction between genius and madness. Using extraordinary, epoch-defining moments from the history of science, Benjamín Labatut plunges us into the exhilarating territory between fact and fiction, progress and destruction, genius, and madness.

How can we be sure that Pythagoras’s theorem is true? Why is the ‘angle in a semicircle’ always 90 degrees? And how can tangents help determine the speed of a bullet?

David Acheson takes you on a highly illustrated tour through the history of geometry, from ancient Greece to the present day. He emphasizes elegant deduction and practical applications and argues that geometry can offer the quickest route to the whole spirit of mathematics at its best. Along the way, we encounter the quirky and the unexpected, meet the great personalities involved, and uncover some of the loveliest surprises in mathematics.

This book is an essential guide to understanding how numbers reveal our world’s real state and exploring a wide range of topics, including energy, the environment, technology, transportation, and food production.

Vaclav Smil’s mission is to make facts matter. It is undoubtedly one of the most riveting and interesting nonfiction books for me.

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