Wider Reading

  • The Man Who Counted - A collection of famous mathematical puzzles, taken from a popular newspaper column, features the ""writings"" of the fictional author, Malba Tahan, who describes different mathematical puzzles and solutions applied to real situations. (978-0393309348)

  • The Man Who Loved Only Numbers - The biography of a mathematical genius. Paul Erdos was the most prolific pure mathematician in history and, arguably, the strangest too. (978-1857028294)

  • The Infinite Monkey Cage - Award winning science/comedy chat with Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests. Witty, irreverent look at the world according to science with physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince - Free Podcast

  • A Brief History of Mathematics - Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Ten fifteen minute podcasts that reveal the personalities behind the calculations from Newton to the present day. How do these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world? - Free Podcast

  • The Neptune File - Tom Standage tells the story of John Couch Adams and the quest to find the planet Neptune using mathematics to locate it's position. (ISBN 0-71-399472-X).

  • 50 Mathematical Ideas - By exploring the subject through its 50 key insights from the simple (the number one) and the subtle (the invention of zero) to the sophisticated (proving Fermat's last theorem) this book shows how mathematics has changed the way we look at the world around us ISBN: 978-1847241474

  • The Magic of Mathematics - explores the mathematics of nature, literature and art. This fascinating look at the surprising ways mathematics influences the everyday world takes an abstract universe and anchors it to the "real" worlds of science, history and the arts in an intriguing way. ISBN: 9780933174993

  • A Tribute to Euler (You tube) by William Dunham - Click here

  • The Magical Maze - is structured on the image of a maze representing the network of connected mathematical ideas that have proved so powerful and effective in the understanding of the natural world. It covers topics such as numbers, probability, game theory, patterns and oscillators, as well as knots, computability, chaos and other topics chosen to communicate the intellectual excitement and beauty of mathematics as a subject. ISBN: 978-0297819929

  • It must be beautiful - An exploration of some of the great equations of modern science presented for the non-mathematician by a range of experts ISBN: 1-86207-555-7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Alex's Adventures in Numberland - Alex explains the surprising geometry of the 50p piece, and the strategy of how best to gamble it in a casino. He shines a light on the mathematical patterns in nature, and on the peculiar predictability of random behaviour by Alex Bellios. ISBN: 978-0747597162

  • The Math Book - Its 250 short entries provide a veritable history of mathematics by focusing on its greatest theorems and the geniuses who discovered them by Clifford Pickover. ISBN: 978-1402757969                                                                                              

  • You are a Mathematician - Beginning with the familiar, this book takes you on a journey from the Greek mathematicians to quantum theory by David Wells. ISBN: 0-14-017480-X                                                                                                                                                

  • Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities - There are some hidden gems of logic, geometry and probability – like how to extract a cherry from a cocktail glass (harder than you think), a pop up dodecahedron, the real reason why you can’t divide anything by zero and some tips for making money by proving the obvious. There are beguiling secrets about familiar names like Pythagoras or prime numbers, as well as anecdotes about great mathematicians. ISBN: 978-1846680649

  • The Music of the Primes - A look at Riemann's hypothesis and the relevance of a formula to generate primes by Marcus Du Sautoy. ISBN: 1-84115-580-2

  • Finding Moonshine - A book full of insight into the nature of symmetry and the people who study it by Marcus Du Sautoy. ISBN: 978-0-00-721462-4                               

  • Trigonometric Delights - an entertaining exploration of trigonometry through a blend of history, biography and mathematics by Eli Maor. ISBN: 0-691-09541-8

  • Prisoners Dilemma - Explains game theory lucidly and brings to life the mathematician Von Neumann by William Poundstone. ISBN: 978-0-385-41580-4

  • e = mc2 - A biography of the World's most famous equation by David Bodanis. ISBN: 0-333-78033-7

  • Journey through Genius - An exploration of some of the great theorems of mathematics by William Dunham. ISBN: 978-0-14-014739-1

  • The Millennium Problems - The 7 greatest unsolved mathematical problems of our time by Keith Devlin.ISBN: 1-86207-735-5                                  

  • A Beautiful Mind - The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar . ISBN 0571212921

  • CHAOS - The amazing Sciences of the unpredictable by James Gleick. ISBN: 0-7493-8606-1

  • Fractal, Images of Chaos by Hans Lauwerier.  A look at the use of fractals in computer art, modelling population growth and the movements of the planets in the solar system.  ISBN: 0-14-014411-0

  • Six Easy Pieces - The fundamentals of Physics explained by Richard Feynmann. ISBN: 978-0-14-027666-4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • Feynman's Lost Lecture - The motion of the planets around the sun by David and Ruth Goodstein. ISBN: 0-09-973621-7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  • Images of Infinity - A collection of images, writings and cartoons revolving around the ideas and paradoxes associated with the infinite and infinitesimal.  Can a drawing of a hand drawing itself and the thing it is drawing ever be finished? by Tarquin Press. ISBN: 0906212898 or 978-0906212899                                                                      

  • Proofs Without Words by Roger B. Nelson.  A look at the use of pictures and diagrams that enable us to see why a particular mathematical statement is true.  Visual clues to stimulate mathematical thought. Book 1 - ISBN 0883857006, Book 2 - ISBN 0883857219

  • Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh. ISBN: 1-84115-791-0                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • The Code Book by Simon Singh. ISBN 1-85702-889-9

  • The Cracking Code Book by Simon Singh. ISBN: 0-00-717604-X                                                                                                                                                                                            

  • Does God Play Dice? by Ian Stewart.  An excellent introduction to Chaos.  The title is a quotation from Einstein, who believed the answer was no! [KS5] ISBN: 0-14-025602-4                                                                                                                                           

  • Game, Set and Math by Ian Stewart. ISBN 0140132376

  • Longitude - The True Story of the solving of the Greatest Scientific Problem of the time by Dava Sobel. ISBN: 0-00-721422-7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • The Unexpected HangingMathematical Circus & More Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions, Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions, Fractal Music, Hypercards and More all by Martin Gardner

Teaching Pedagogy

Elephant in the Maths Classroom offers concrete suggestions on ways to teach maths well, and ways to help children in the home, that will offer new and more effective ways of learning maths. The book offers an exciting way forward, a new approach to teaching maths that excites and motivates children, teaching them to reason and problem solve, that can help children, even those who think that they are maths failures and that they could never enjoy maths. ISBN-10: 0285638475, ISBN-13: 978-0285638471

Adapting and Extending Secondary Mathematics Activities is a practical guide to methods of exploiting text book ideas and utilising different resources.  Published by David Fulton Publishers at www.fultonpublishers.co.uk and type in ISBN 185346712X top right

Resources for Teaching Mathematics 14-16 is resource contains 70 complete lesson plans with complementary worksheets for the students, specifically designed for GCSE level maths. This book contains 70 ready-to-use maths lessons suitable for the new GCSE Mathematics curriculum. The lesson plans contain objectives from both the D-G range and the A-C range to make them adaptable for different sets or for use in a mixed-ability context. ISBN-10: 082643603X, ISBN-13: 978-0826436030

101+ Great Ideas for Introducing Key Concepts in Mathematics will invigorate instruction and engage students with this treasure trove of "Great Ideas" compiled by two of the greatest minds in mathematics. From commonly taught topics in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics, to more advanced explorations into indirect proofs, binomial theorem, irrationality, relativity and more, this guide outlines actual equations and techniques that will inspire veteran and new educators alike. ISBN-10: 1412927064, ISBN-13: 978-1412927062

Questions and Prompts for Mathematical Thinking provides a framework for generating a wide range of mathematical questions and prompts. An excellent book.  Written by Anne Watson and John Mason and published by ATM - ISBN 189861105X - Contact by Tel 01332 346599 or at www.atm.org.uk

Learning and Teaching Mathematics Without a Textbook is a collection of starting points and extension tasks to support teachers and help students engage in the beauty of Mathematics.  Published by ATM - ISBN 1898611157 - Contact by Tel 01332 346599 or at www.atm.org.uk

Teaching Ideas

People Maths uses people to form the moving pieces of a mathematical activity, be it a puzzle, a sum, a diagram or a demonstration.” ATM: Ref: dnl014, More People Maths: ATM Ref: act069

A Puzzle a Day consists of 180 Short Mathematical Problems. Published by Tarquin. ISBN 1-899618-52-X  

The Number Detective consists of 100 Logical Number Problems. Published by Tarquin.  ISBN 1-899618-33-3  

Tarquin Number Challenges consists of 50 Short Problems. Published by Tarquin.  ISBN 1-899618-49-X  

Puzzles, Mazes & Numbers comprises a mixture of problems, articles and challenges. Published by Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-46500-1  

Dice and Spinners is a collection of thought provoking activities. Published by Claire Publications ( Colchester ) ISBN 1-87-1098-34-3  

Points of Departure 1, 2, 3 and 4 are four booklets which provide starting points for Mathematical investigations and can also be used as starter ideas. Published by ATM Tel 01332 346599  or locate at www.atm.org.uk. Codes ACT001 to 004
Click here to download 12 examples from the original book Points of Departure.

Using Geoboards is a series of activities, starting points and extension ideas using a Geoboard. Published by ATM Tel 01332 346599  or locate at www.atm.org.uk. Code ACT040

How Amazing is a book about solving & exploring mazes. Published by Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 0-521-35672-5  

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