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  • Boyer, Carl B. A History of Mathematics. 3 Ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011. ISBN: 0-470-52548-7. [Very easy-to-read book. Has a nifty chronological table which tracks various mathematicians and important mathematical developments. Recommended]
  • Cutler, Ann; McShane, Rudolph. The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1983. ISBN: 0313232008. [a very speedy way of doing math in your head is presented in this book (imagine doing the square root of a number in your head as fast as you can do the calculation on a calculator . . . or even faster). The system itself is taught to children in Switzerland. Very interesting; and very alien to how we learn math here in the U.S. A worthwhile read with lots of good examples.]
  • Hogben, Lancelot. Mathematics in the Making. New York: Galahad Books. 1960. ISBN: 0883651882. [Another very easy-to-read book on the historical development of mathematics. Has lots of diagrams and pictures . . . and some puzzles. Explanations are very good. Highly recommended.]
  • Smith, D.E. History of Mathematics: Volume I. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1958. ISBN: 0-486-20429-4. [Covers the history of mathematics from ancient Greece and the Orient until the late 9th Century. Lots of biographic material on persons who´ve contributed to development of math.]
  • Smith, D.E. History of Mathematics: Volume II. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1958. ISBN: 0-486-20430-8. [Covers the evolution of mathematical techniques: e.g., arithmetic, geometry, trig, calculating devices, algebra, calculus, etc. Contains problems, constructions, recreations, and applications which are explained and illustrated.]
Meteorology (the weather)

  • Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center [Presents many different kinds of calculators (e.g., for problems related to Agriculture, Auto, Trucks, Motorcycles, Blackjack, Craps, Horse Racing, Odds & Percentages, Communications, and many others)]