The 10 Best History of Mathematics Books

Updated February 26, 2018 by Josh Darling

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We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Many believe that a primary reason for the widespread dread many students experience regarding mathematics is due to how disconnected it feels from real life. By describing, in great and engaging detail, the lifetimes of human toil that it took to build what we know today, these books serve to remind us of the history, humanity, and brilliance, of the subject. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best history of mathematics book on Amazon.

10. A Concise History

9. Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra

8. Prime Obsession

7. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

6. The Math Book

5. Mathematics for the Nonmathematician

4. A History of Math

3. God Created the Integers

2. Fermat's Enigma

1. Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems


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Last updated on February 26, 2018 by Josh Darling

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