I noticed today on

**Quora**-math did a great posting some while back with many fun puzzle/problem book suggestions:

**http://tinyurl.com/z2dsvep**

Still, here's my own list of some recreational-related volumes that I've enjoyed:

__Classics from Martin Gardner__:**The Colossal Book of Mathematics**

**Aha!**

GotchaGotcha

(...and of course many others from Martin)

__three from Ian Stewart__:

**Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries**

Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical CuriositiesProfessor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities

**Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures**

__Clifford Pickover__:

**A Passion For Mathematics**

Wonders of NumbersWonders of Numbers

__Alfred Posamentier__:

**Math Charmers**

Mathematical Curiosities

Mathematical Amazements and SurprisesMathematical Curiosities

Mathematical Amazements and Surprises

*David Wells:*

**Games and Mathematics***Matt Parker:*

**Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension**any of Raymond Smullyan's books

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Finally, I love paradoxes and believe they offer an excellent gateway for introducing young people to 'critical/mathematical thinking.' They aren't always very mathematical themselves, but rather, often nicely straddle boundaries between math, philosophy, and science. A few of my favorite volumes, suitable for young minds are:

**Labyrinths of Reason***by William Poundstone*

**Paradoxes in Mathematics***by Stanley Farlow*

**Paradoxes from A to Z***by Michael Clark*

**Paradoxes: Adventures In the Impossible***by Gary Hayden and Michael Picard*

**This Sentence Is False***by Peter Cave*

**Hope this listing helps someone out, and of course feel free to add your own faves in the comments below.**

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## 3 comments:

Hi, Shecky!

I would add to the latter list some books by Raymond Smullyan (at least

The lady or the tiger?andWhat is the name of this book?.As for mathematical problems, I'd add

The Moskow Puzzlesby Boris Kordemsky andMathematical Quickiesby Charles Trigg. There are also a lot of books more difficult or too much easy, of course :-)Sawyer has several neat older books of problems.

I'm not sure it's recreational for a general audience, but Professor Posey's Perplexing Problems.

Socks Are Like Pants (Rosenfeld and Hamilton) and This is Not a Math Book (Weltman) and Patterns of the Universe (Bellos and Harriss) are some newer ones.

What about fiction with math problems, like The Phantom Tollbooth, The Number Devil, The Cat in Numberland or The Man Who Counted?

Speaking of fiction, John, reminds me of a novel Martin Gardner highly recommended called "Popco" by British author Scarlett Thomas, that apparently includes lots of recreational mathematics. (I've never read it, but if Gardner highly touts it, it's no doubt good.)

Donald Knuth's "Surreal Numbers" also comes to mind.

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