I was asked a question from a keen 13 year old school student who has been playing around with Pythagorean triples. I asked Twitter for “inspiring reading” for such a student (and @DrLucyRogers & @MEImath retweeted this request). The responses were good and @robbieg8s wrote to ask me to post the list somewhere. Here it is.
Suggestions (chronological order; who made the suggestion in brackets):
- suggest The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose – real meat to get into and mind expanding (@CarlLegge)
- suggest after that The Structure of Delight by Nelson Zink – to look after the personal and social aspects (@CarlLegge)
- FLATLAND! Possibly also Uncle Albert books, Simon Singh’s Cracking Code book, Hawking’s George’s Secret Key… (@alicebell)
- Group Theory in the Bedroom http://ow.ly/11Pah (@peterflom)
- I put some things up here: http://bit.ly/8Ys3q9 For a 13 year old I would suggest Martin Gardner (@Gelada)
- Mathematical Maze and Why Beauty is Truth. Think they’re both Ian Stewart (@CheshireSwift)
- how about Ian Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical curiosities http://bit.ly/byYhmi and its sequel (@chrisleach78)
- A useful list by the MA at: http://bit.ly/c0kdmL (@MEImaths)
I hope this is useful. More welcome in the comments!
Update (10/02/10): There are some good suggestions in the comments below.