Let’s Play Math blog > Math with Living Books > High School and Beyond

These histories, biographies, and explanations of mathematical concepts are written for a general audience, so most of them assume no mathematical knowledge beyond a vague memory of high school. For recreational math, you may also want to check the Problem Solving and Math Circles page.

Within each subcategory, books are listed alphabetically by author.

If you click on a book cover, the links take you to Amazon.com, where you can read reviews and other details (and where I earn a few cents of affiliate commission if you actually buy the book), but most of these books should be available through your public library. Ask a librarian to find you a copy — they love to help!

What Is Math All About?

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Recreational Mathematics

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Biographies: The People of Math

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Ideas Through History

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Schooly Math Topics

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