Even if you do not consider math to be a hobby, this article may provide an understanding of why a lot of people do. Not being a math-aficionado, my wife thought it a bit strange that I enjoyed solving math problems for fun (I pointed her to the ‘uber’ in the ‘uber-geek’ on my blog tagline – I rest my case!). This article shows that I am not alone (lots of people enjoy math as a hobby) and gave me some ammunition to defend myself.
For those of you who would like to adopt the exciting world of mathematics as a hobby and were wondering where to start, here is a list of highly recommended books (don’t just take my word for it, check the reviews out on amazon.com). These books happen to be some of my favorites.
|The Green Book of Mathematical Problems|
|The World of Mathematics: A Four-Volume Set|
This is a compilation of original articles on all things math. The articles are wide ranging and contain topics such as How to Hunt a Submarine, A Mathematical Approach to Ethics and The Vice of Gambling. A very accessible and entertaining read for any background level.
|The Mathematical Experience|
This book will truly get you excited about math. It tries to present the struggles that a modern day mathematician encounters on a daily basis – What constitutes a proof? Do mathematical objects really exist ? etc. In addition, it introduces mathematical concepts such as the Frechet ultrafilter, an integer known as a moser (huge integer) and other exciting mathematical constructs that make this a truly exciting read.
|Road To Reality|
While meant to be a popular physics book, this is unlike other books on the subject. One has to work through this book to really get the most out of it. There are problems at the end of each section – and there is a website that maintains solutions to the problems. The Editorial Review states – If Albert Einstein were alive, he would have a copy of The Road to Reality on his bookshelf. So would Isaac Newton.
It goes without saying that I have missed several great books in the lists above. However, my intention was to provide a starting point for people interested in pursuing math as a hobby. If you have any recommendations or suggestions for books to include, please send them my way.