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    Im really interested in maths and am looking to seek a degree in it but ive seen most of the personal statements include books read, so im interested what titles would be recommended to read and learn something new as well
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    Oxford and Cambridge both have maths reading lists which will give you a fair few good options... but ANY maths book would be credible. It’s more your reflection and comments on the book that they like opposed to the fact you read it.
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    Any of Martin Gardner's books on Recreational Mathematics or Ian Stewart's for a more modern example. I also read Godel, Escher, Bach and The Mathematical Experience as a teenager in the same position as you. Rather than gushing about a particular book though try to identify which topics really interest you and stimulate you to want to know more.
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    (Original post by SerBronn)
    Any of Martin Gardner's books on Recreational Mathematics or Ian Stewart's for a more modern example. I also read Godel, Escher, Bach and The Mathematical Experience as a teenager in the same position as you. Rather than gushing about a particular book though try to identify which topics really interest you and stimulate you to want to know more.
    Thank you Ser Bronn of the ****ing Blackwater....
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    Ones you've read are probably a good idea.

    On a marginally less asinine note, Spivak's Calculus would be worth looking over if you're considering mathematics at university as it's a "good" introduction to the style that university mathematics takes in the form of mathematics you should be familiar with from A-level. It also has plenty of non-trivial questions for you to try. However it is essentially a textbook which isn't quite so useful in writing about in your personal statement in itself...
 
 
 
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