The
Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth
and Beauty by K. C. Cole
"Pure
mathematics," Albert Einstein once remarked, "is, in its way, the poetry
of logical ideas." In her book The Universe and the Teacup, Los Angeles
Times science writer K. C. Cole discusses some of the ways this "poetry"
can be used to look at science and other realms of experience. Without
relying on a single equation, Cole's gently humorous prose helps make
mathematics unthreatening to laypeople, enabling them to better understand
the world in which they live.

Overcoming
Math Anxiety by Sheila Tobias
The
book that made math anxiety a household word when it was originally published
in 1978 is here updated to reflect new findings of the last 15 years,
including new research demonstrating how little is actually known about
sex differences in brain organization and function. Tobias presents strategies
for math mental health and explains her view that math anxiety is a political
issue and that math competence doesn't have to be determined by gender
or class.

Bob
Miller's Calc for the Clueless: Precalc With Trigonometry by
Robert Miller, Bob Miller
The
book presents the topics a high school or college student needs as preparation
for undertaking calculus, vital topics often poorly understood. They are
explained as an encouraging teacher would, in clear, easy-to-understand
terms, answering the questions that most often crop up, anticipating students'
difficulties and confusions like an experienced teacher, eliminating math
anxiety and bridging the "understanding gap" between student and standard
text.

Calc I (Bob Miller's Calc for the
Clueless) by Robert Miller, Bob Miller
The
book presents the material in the first semester of a standard college
calculus sequence as an encouraging teacher would, explaining all topics
and techniques in clear, easy-to-understand terms.

Calc II (Bob Miller's Calc for the
Clueless) by Robert Miller, Bob Miller
The
book presents the material in the second semester of a standard calculus
sequence as an encouraging teacher would, explaining all topics and techniques
in clear, easy-to-understand terms.

Calc III (Bob Miller's Calc for
the Clueless) by Robert Miller, Bob Miller
The
book presents the material in the third semester of a standard calculus
sequence as an encouraging teacher would, explaining all topics and techniques
in clear, easy-to-understand terms.

A
Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The
Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science by
Michael S. Schneider
Schneider,
an education writer and computer consultant, combines science, philosophy,
art, and common sense to reaffirm what the ancients observed: that a consistent
language of geometric design underpins every level of the universe, from
atoms to galaxies, cucumbers to cathedrals. He discusses numerical and
geometric symbolism through the ages, and concepts such as periodic renewal
and resonance.

E : The Story of a Number by Eli Maor
Until
about 1975, logarithms were every scientist's best friend. They were the
basis of the slide rule that was the totemic wand of the trade, listed
in huge books consulted in every library. Then hand-held calculators arrived,
and within a few years slide rules were museum pieces. But e remains,
the center of the natural logarithmic function and of calculus. Eli Maor's
book is the only more or less popular account of the history of this universal
constant

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John
Allen Paulos
This
is the book that made "innumeracy" a household word, at least in some
households. Paulos (mathematics, Temple U.) examines many aspects of
popular culture, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and
medical claims to demonstrate the popular misperceptions resulting
from the inability to deal with large numbers, probability, ratios.