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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
1.  Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
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  "Zero - a good place to start"
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The Nothing that Is: A Natural History of Zero
2.  The Nothing that Is: A Natural History of Zero by Robert Kaplan
The list author says:
  "We take it casually, but zero was once the number of the devil, or perhaps the devil himself"
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A History of Pi
3.  A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann
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  "The best known of the transcendentals"
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The Joy of Pi
4.  The Joy of Pi by David Blatner
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  "Another slice of pi - you can never have too much."
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Pi
5.  Pi DVD ~ Sean Gullette
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  "And a move?!"
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The Square Root of 2: A Dialogue Concerning a Number and a Sequence
6.  The Square Root of 2: A Dialogue Concerning a Number and a Sequence by David Flannery
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  "The first known irrational - a number that can't be a ratio of integers. According to myth, the discoverer of its irratonality was killed to suppress the heretical concept."
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e: The Story of a Number
7.  e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor
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  "The base of natural logs, I've heard it called the compromise between zero, one, and infinity"
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An Imaginary Tale: The Story of [the square root of minus one]
8.  An Imaginary Tale: The Story of [the square root of minus one] by Paul J. Nahin
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  "Square root of minus one - if it works, it's a number. Fascinating links to e and pi"
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Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (Princeton Science Library)
9.  Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (Princeton Science Library) by Julian Havil
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  "Another one with surprising connections"
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The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number
10.  The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number by Mario Livio
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  "The most pleasing proportion? Maybe, but an intersting phenomenon of history, too."
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The Little Book of Bigger Primes
11.  The Little Book of Bigger Primes by Paulo Ribenboim
The list author says:
  "Prime numbers - gotta love `em. Lots of usable techniques here."
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The Little Book of Big Primes
12.  The Little Book of Big Primes by Paulo Ribenboim
The list author says:
  "The previous version of "Bigger Primes." Still good, despite improvements in the later version."
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One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics)
13.  One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) by George Gamow
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  "Aging, but still interesting."
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The Book of Numbers
14.  The Book of Numbers by John Horton Conway
The list author says:
  "Some interesting ways to visualize numbers and families of numbers: Fibonacci, Catalan, polygonal, and more. Also traces words for numbers."
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Number Words and Number Symbols: Cultural History of Numbers
15.  Number Words and Number Symbols: Cultural History of Numbers by Karl Menninger
The list author says:
  "Not the numbers themselves, but their names and signs. Drily academic in most places, but encyclopedic. Covers many languages and eras."
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To Infinity and Beyond:  A Cultural History of the Infinite
16.  To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite by Eli Maor
The list author says:
  "Infinity, and all the different infinities."
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Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries)
17.  Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries) by David Foster Wallace
The list author says:
  "You can never get enough of infinity."
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Meta Maths : The Quest for Omega
18.  Meta Maths : The Quest for Omega by Gregory J. Chaitin
The list author says:
  "Among the infinity of real numbers, only a much smaller and countable infinity of them can be written as mathematical expressions. This is about the ones that can't be."
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Galois Theory: Lectures Delivered at the University of Notre Dame by Emil Artin (Notre Dame Mathematical Lectures, Number 2)
19.  Galois Theory: Lectures Delivered at the University of Notre Dame by Emil Artin (Notre Dame Mathematical Lectures, Number 2) by Emil Artin
The list author says:
  "Finite fields and Galois fields in particular - in deep space satellites and your CD player. Finite fields are another cool way to be a number."
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Surreal Numbers
20.  Surreal Numbers by Donald E. Knuth
The list author says:
  "There are lots more numbers than 0, 1, etc, and lots more ways to express them."
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On Quaternions and Octonions
21.  On Quaternions and Octonions by John Horton Conway
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  "Like the complex numbers, only more so."
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The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
22.  The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences by N. J. A. Sloane
The list author says:
  "There are infinite numbers of numbers, but sometimes just one isn't enough. This is about collections (usually infinite ones) of numbers. So, all of a sudden, we have infinity to the power infinity - oops."
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