Maths Books That Prove Maths Isn't Boring

Whether you loved or hated them, we all remember our school maths lessons. Whether you were top of the class or could only find "x"€ on a keyboard, we all have our own opinions on this crowd-dividing subject. And, it's sad to say that for a lot of people, maths would fall to the bottom of their lists of the best subjects at school. Maths has developed a reputation for being a boring subject but with the 5 brilliant maths books on this list, we're going to prove that maths isn't boring at all, in fact, sometimes it can be quite fun!

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1. Maths on the Go

Rob Eastaway

Learn how to make maths both simple and fun with this terrific book by Rob Eastaway. There are 101 tips, games and activities for you to try with your children if you reckon you can fit a quick maths problem into your breakfast routine or school run. Covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, telling the time and more, this book is great for getting young learners excited about maths.

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2. Why Do Buses Always Come in Threes?

Colin Beveridge

This great coffee table book looks at 60 different common questions and gives them their mathematical answers. If you have ever wondered why toast always lands butter-side down or why buses always come in threes then this is the book for you.

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3. Alex Through the Looking Glass

Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos' book on numbers takes a look through the history of our mathematical discoveries and shares stories of his meetings with some of the most fascinating mathematicians in the world. Written in a witty style and packed with mind-bending mathematical facts, this book is a brilliant way of teaching yourself maths as Alex makes complex concepts suddenly seem very simple.

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4. The Long and the Short of It

Graeme Donald

This book is all about units of measurements and where they came from. Graeme Donald considers the history of how we formed calculations of time, distance, data, sound and money. Find out why we measure time in units of 60, how the length of a mile was originally calculated and more interesting facts in this brilliant maths book.

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5. The Magic of Maths

Arthur Benjamin

This quirky maths book by Arthur Benjamin, the "mathemagician", can turn someone with even the most basic understanding in maths into a fully-fledged mathematician. Covering a variety of key mathematical topics, including algebra, geometry, calculus and trigonometry, Arthur shows you how to become a mathematical genius through some magical analogies. This book is perfect for both people who love maths and those who have just developed a renewed interest alike.

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These brilliantly un-boring maths books are perfect for mathematical fanatics and numerical newbies alike.

  • AMYSS
    Alex Bellos
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    From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world. He turns even the dreaded calculus into an easy-to-grasp mathematical exposition, and sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. In Germany, he meets the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop, whilst in India he joins the world's highly numerate community at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He explores the wonders behind the Game of Life program, and explains mathematical logic, growth and negative numbers. Stateside, he hangs out with a private detective in Oregon and meets the mathematician who looks for universes from his garage in Illinois. Read this captivating book, and you won't realise that you're learning about complex concepts. Alex will get you hooked on maths as he delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and proves just how much fun we can have with them.
  • TLNG
    Graeme Donald
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    This is a bold book all about measurement and its various units' origins and evolution.

    Written by Graeme Donald, is explores the stories behind the everyday units we use and looks at how they have developed around the world throughout history. From time to distance, temperature to money and data to sound, it's an intriguing guide to how these methods help us make sense of our daily lives.

    This book also answers important questions including why we measure time in units of 60, why the length of a mile once depended on where we came from and just what the width of a horse's backside has to do with NASA's booster rockets.
  • AQEVL
    Arthur Benjamin
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    The Magic of Maths is the maths book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples--from ice cream scoops and poker hands to measuring mountains and making magic squares--this book empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties behind those formulas and equations that once left your head spinning. You'll learn the key ideas of classic areas of mathematics like arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, but you'll also have fun fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a maths genius! A mathematician who is known throughout the world as the "mathemagician," Arthur Benjamin mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun, attractive, and easy to understand. In The Magic of Maths, Benjamin does more than just teach skills: with a tip of his magic hat, he takes you on as his apprentice to teach you how to appreciate maths the way he does. He motivates you to learn something new about how to solve for x, because there is real pleasure to be found in the solution to a challenging problem or in using numbers to do something useful. But what he really wants you to do is be able to figure out why, for that's where you'll find the real beauty, power, and magic of maths. If you are already someone who likes maths, this book will dazzle and amuse you. If you never particularly liked or understood maths, Benjamin will enlighten you and--with a wave of his magic wand--turn you into a maths lover.
  • MOTG
    Rob Eastaway
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    Maths On the Go can help you help your children learn all about the tricky subject through 101 entertaining and simple tips, games and activities.

    Making practising maths enjoyable and engaging for both you and your child, the problem-solving activities range from creative cutting of the toast at breakfast to running a bike helmet survey while on a long car journey.

    Among the topics the activities cover are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, telling the time, estimates and geometry.
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    Why does your toast always land butter-side down? How do you measure the speed of a tennis serve? And just how do you win big on the lottery?

    This book looks at the fascinating maths behind 60 different questions that cover a vast range of topics. It uses practical knowledge of numbers to answer all sorts of questions that will quench your curiosity.

    Other topics covered with application include the weather, the internet, DNA testing and romance. People who love to wow friends with facts and their intelligence will find so much joy in this jaw-dropping book.