Required Reading: Select a popular book about mathematics written for the general public. You may choose a book from the following list or find an example of your own, but you must get the instructor's approval of your choice. No two students should pick the same book. * The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book Is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist by Reviel Netz and Wiliam Noel.
* e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor. * Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truths in Logic and Math by Joseph Mazur. * Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh. * Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem by Amir D. Aczel.
* King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry by Siobhan Roberts.
* The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman. The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and Why Numbers are Like Gossip by Keith Devlin.
* My Brain is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos by Bruce Schechter. The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero by Robert Kaplan.
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Elizabeth Adkins: Kelechukwu Alu: Katie Bach: * In Code: A Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery. Jeffrey Bonnell: Tina Browder: * A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature by Tom Siegfried. Joe Campbell: Crystal Dougherty: Garth Ghearing: Randetta Fuller: Elizabeth Harris: Brooks Hayes: Madeline Hunt: Kelly Jefferson: Amanda Phebus: The Man Who Knew Infinity: The Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel. Hamilton Scott: Kristin Stone: * From Zero to Infinity: What Makes Numbers Interesting by Constance Reid. Than Wilson: Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife. |

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