At my school, we have just implemented a plan which will start this coming summer. Each student will be assigned one book to read for each major subject they are taking the following year. The point of this (in terms of math, at least) is *not* to get the students to either review math they have seen before or to study math they have not yet seen. Students spend 9 months out ofthe year studying math content (i.e. mathematics and its applications), and we would like to use this reading to expand their mathematical horizons in another way.
We have created three possible areas in which to look for books:
1. readings in the history of mathematics 2. mathematical fiction (e.g. Flatland) 3. mass-market books related to mathematics (e.g. James Gleick's _Chaos: Making a New Science_)
Any suggestions for titles would be appreciated. Bear in mind that students will be reading these books (a) over the summer and (b) without teacher interaction or discussion. Therefore, they should be (a) interesting and (b) not impossible to follow.
Tanks in advance your your help.
Dave Wang St. Andrew's School Middletown, DE firstname.lastname@example.org