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I’m waiting for “How to kidnap a math genius”.

Hey Mark, I think you and I each have a daughter that are close in age. I appreciate when you post stuff like this. I pay attention and many times, I follow up with my own girl with the ideas you share or other ideas that are sparked by what you post. Thanks for that, sincerely.

RobJ in San Jose

Same here, my daughter is a year younger then his and I’ve loved following their awesome adventures as an inspiration for my own.

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Two other math book recommendations (for others, I think your daughter probably has her own ideas by now)

For older ones (“tween” maybe, teen probably) - I like The Nature and Frowth of Modern Mathematics. It has short bios/stories of many famous mathematicians along with explanations of some of their important work; for one example Galois who was challenged to a duel and spent the night before writing down everything he could of his math work… I found it fascinating. I’m not sure it comes up to current times, but I still love it.

For another, possibly more dated thing, that is quick, try finding the ‘Mathematics’ volume of the Time-Life Science Library.