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Books about mathematical history
Book 
Author 
ISBN and purchase links 
Why we're recommending it


The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics 
Marcus du Sautoy 
ISBN 9780062064011, Amazon paperback 
This book is one of the best books for a general audience on the history 19th and 20th century mathematical research. It focuses on the Riemann Hypothesis, which is one of the most famous unsolved mathematical problems, but manages to tie together many different threads, which offers the reader a sense of perspective. Art of Problem Solving founder Richard Rusczyk named it one of his favorite math popularization books. Prerequisites: None.

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography 
Simon Singh 
ISBN 9780385495325, paperback 
This book gives a history of the mathematical field of cryptography, which has affected society on many levels. Prerequisites: One year of high school algebra.

Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics 
William Dunham 
ISBN 9780140147391, Amazon paperback 
This book presents highlights from the history of mathematics. In doing so, it gives a sense for mathematics as a human intellectual accomplishment. A number of mathematicians remember it as their favorite math book from their high school days. Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and high school geometry.

Euler: The Master of Us All 
William Dunham 
ISBN 9780883853283, Amazon paperback 
This book is a survey of some of the most significant work of Leonhard Euler, who's one greatest mathematicians who ever lived. Prerequisites: Calculus.

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