Book lists always make good space-fillers! So here we go ;)

Awhile back I stumbled upon an 8-year-old post from prolific author Ian Stewart listing his “Top 10” popular math books:

In 2012 that list was as follows (no particular order):

**The Man Who Knew Infinity** — Robert Kanigel

**Gödel, Escher, Bach** — Douglas Hofstadter

**The Colossal Book of Mathematics** — Martin Gardner

**Euclid and The Rainforest** — Joseph Mazur

**Four Colors Suffice** — Robin Wilson

**What Is Mathematics, Really?** — Reuben Hersh

**Magical Mathematics ** — Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham

**Games of Life** — Karl Sigmund

**Mathematical Tales of Mathematical Wonder** — ed. by Rudy Rucker

**The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy** — Isaac Newton

(don't know what Stewart might add to that list in the dozen years since it appeared)

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This made me start looking around the Web for other favorite popular math book lists. There were fewer than I expected.

**Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea** — Charles Seife.
**Prelude to Mathematics** — W.W. Sawyer.
**Measurement ** — Paul Lockhart
**The Joy of X — **Steven Strogatz.
**An Imaginary Tale** — Paul Nahin.
**Proofs From the Book** — Aigner and Ziegler
**Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension ** — Matt Parker
**What is Mathematics? ** — Courant and Robbins
**A History of Pi** — Petr Beckmann
**e: The Story of a Number ** -- Eli Maor
**Imagining Numbers ** -- Barry Mazur
**Journey Through Genius ** -- William Dunham
**Prime Obsession** -- John Derbyshire

Kayaspor also has a separate book-list "*for math people and designers*":

From the *GoodReads* website comes this list of a dozen math-related books:

**Gödel, Escher, Bach **— D. Hofstadter

**Fermat’s Enigma **— Simon Singh

**Flatland **— Edwin Abbott

**The Code Book **— Simon Singh

**Zero **— Charles Seife

**The Man Who Loved Only Numbers — **Paul Hoffman

**Journey Through Genius **— W. Dunham

**A Beautiful Mind — **Sylvia Nasar

**The Drunkard’s Walk **— Leonard Mlodinow

**How to Lie with Statistics **— Darrell Huff

**Euclid’s Elements **— Euclid

**What Is Mathematics — **Courant and Robbins

The *FiveBooks* site offers this (2018) list of 10 best math '*history'* books:

**Prime Obsession **— J. Derbyshire

**Mathematics for the Nonmathematician ** — Morris Kline

**Zero the biography of a dangerous idea** — Charles Seife

**A Concise History of Mathematics** — Dirk Struik

**Unknown Quantity** — J. Derbyshire

**The Math Book** — Clifford Pickover

**A History of Mathematics ** — Merzbach and Boyer

**God Created the Integers** — Stephen Hawking

**Fermat’s Enigma** — Simon Singh

**Journey Through Genius** — W. Dunham

The *Fivebooks* site has several other science/math related listings possibly worth perusing:

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This list comes from Peter Flom on **Quora**:

**A Mathematician's Lament** — Paul Lockhart

**Out of the Labyrinth** — Robert and Ellen Kaplan

**Conversations with a Mathematician** — Gregory Chaitin

**Proofs and Refutations** — Imre Lakatos.

**Mathematics: Coffee Time in Memphis** — Bela Belobas

**The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Science 1250-15400** — Alfred Crosby

**Godel Escher Bach** — Douglas Hofstadter

**The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel** — Rebecca Goldstein

**Group Theory in the Bedroom and Other Mathematical Diversions** — Brian Hayes

Pretty much anything by Martin Gardner or Ian Stewart

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Here's one of several Reddit threads related to favorite math books:

Simon Singh offers up a long list of recommendations here:

And finally, I’ll add my own tentative baker's-dozen list (in no special order, and subject to change on a different day-of-the-week) to the mix:

**The Prime Number Conspiracy** — ed. by Thomas Lin

**Single Digits ** — Marc Chamberland

**Math With Bad Drawings** — Ben Orlin

**Things To Make and Do In the Fourth Dimension** — Matt Parker

**How Not To Be Wrong** -- Jordan Ellenberg

**The Language of Mathematics** — Keith Devlin

**The Colossal Book of Mathematics** — Martin Gardner

**How Mathematicians Think** — William Byers

**The Music of the Primes** — Marcus du Sautoy

**Mathematics For Everyone** — Laurie Buxton

**Grapes of Math** — Alex Bellos

**Unknown Quantity ** — John Derbyshire

**The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Mathematics** -- David Wells

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3 additional books are among my all-time favorites, but their subject matter crosses so many boundaries that I don’t really think of them as ‘popular math books’:

**The Outer Limits of Reason ** — Noson Yanofsky

**Gödel, Escher, Bach ** — Douglas Hofstadter

**When Einstein Walked With Gödel **— Jim Holt
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By the way, for those whose taste runs to fiction Alex Kasman maintains a large site of recommended math-related fiction/novels:
http://kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFICT/
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Honestly though, all of these barely scratch the surface of the wonderful math reading that is out there. Indeed, I think we're currently experiencing a kind of golden age for popular math!