He has another about Fermat’s Last Theorem. “Men of Mathematics” by Bell (it in ludes women), “History of Mathematics” by Edwards and “Maria Kovaleshkaya” by editor MIR. There are also beautiful talks at the JMM San Diego 2018, about the history of Mathematics between England and USA. ]]>

Great Moments in Mathematics after 1650 by Howard Eves published by MAA

Duolciani Mathematical expositions No 7 ISBN-0-88385-310-8

Episodes from the early history of mathematics by Asger Aaboe

published by Random House for SMSG

library of congress catalogue # = 63-21916

The former colleague had taught history of math out of “Mathematics and its history” by John Stillwell. He said it was very good for the professor, but that the exercises are not very good for the student. But he would use it again if teaching advanced students.

He added that the book by Victor Katz looks more accessible and might be better for less sophisticated students.

He also mentioned a Springer book on the history of calculus by CH Edwards that he liked but thought it might be too specialized.

Hope this helps a bit! ]]>

I too found lots of inspiration in Martin Gardner’s writings. When I was young my mathematical role models were the mathematicians I encountered in Gardner’s columns — mathematicians like Conway, Diaconis, Graham, Knuth, and Smullyan who didn’t draw firm boundaries between recreational math and “serious” math. So in the 80s and 90s I wasn’t afraid to spend time doing research on tilings, and it led to some pretty interesting stuff.

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