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Comment author: RichardKennaway 17 July 2009 07:03:51PM *  0 points [-]

While I no longer agree with Heinlein's characterisation of people who cannot grasp mathematics, I do think mathematics is a good thing to know. But on occasions when I have tried to explain what mathematics is all about, or to recommend a book which might do the job, I find myself at a loss. "Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction" didn't do it for one person I suggested it to. Does anyone else have suggestions, especially suggestions that worked for themselves or others?

Comment author: lukeprog 04 April 2012 01:07:26PM *  1 point [-]

I generally like the Very Short Introductions series from Oxford, though I wish they were less chatty and historical and more focused on education.