For The Mathematically Curious About:
Art & Architecture
Astronomy & the Cosmos
Education Gr. K-6
Education Gr. 7+
History: Math & Science
Mathematical Hands On Projects
Mathematical Posters
Mathematical Principles
Mathematical Thinking
Mathematical Toys
Practical Applications
Puzzles and Games
Science (Math) Fiction
Time & Time Travel
Customer Service
About Us


About Us

Who Are We:
We are a division of Books Ink is an independent general bookstore (actually 2 bookstores) in Ogunquit, Maine. We have been in business since 1988. The owner, Barbara Lee Chertok (Vassar A.B., Harvard M.B.A.) has had a lifelong interest in mathematics, economics, history, and architecture.The mathematics department started out as a small section in the store and grew to a serious department by popular demand. Due to our resort location, our customers are from “everywhere”. This website will enable us to serve them at all times, wherever they are.

Our purpose: To bring you readable books on unreadable subjects.
For those who genuinely enjoy numbers, this website will provide hours of pleasurable browsing. We invite you to comment, criticize and inform us about the books we have included and about those we may have missed.

For those who generally are slightly to seriously intimidated by the subject of numbers, we have gone to great lengths to find books written in very readable form on all facets of mathematics. We really appreciate those who write about esoteric subjects in language that can reach an audience that may be mathematically naïve but nonetheless curious about the subject.

For Teachers:
To enhance your curriculum.
We won’t tell you how to teach. But we will give you material to enhance your ability to enjoy teaching numbers at every level. There are lots of interesting readable books to draw on so that you and your students will discover the unsuspected pleasures and joys of math.

Endless curiosity is the key. If you feel restricted by rigidly assigned curricula, remember – your enthusiasm for the subject has as much effect on the students’ receptivity as your presentation of the material.

In particular, we wish to assist grammar school teachers (grades1-8), who must teach all subjects, to better understand and enjoy math, thereby passing on “good vibes” to their students.

P.S. Our Opinion - On principle, calculators should be banned from grades K-8. Calculators cripple the mind in the early years by by-passing basic learning. Algebra cannot be learned without a thorough knowledge of basic arithmetic operations and the times tables.

Our criteria for book selection:
(1.) The book must be factually correct.
(2.) It must be readable (i.e. understandable) for non-mathematicians as well as serious mathematicians within the age and knowledge limits listed.

For Example– Fibonacci Fun by Hammill and Garland.

Kindergarten teachers can utilize the information in the book to show their students how all plants unfold in a mathematical curve known as a helix which is a synonym for a logarithmic spiral which is a synonym for a Fibonacci curve. Math becomes observable in nature.
Middle school teachers (grades 4-8) can utilize the information to show the connection between the “golden rectangle used in art, DNA, and a more in-depth study of plants.
High School teachers can tackle the above subjects in more depth and include the curve of a violin, the study of seashell growth, etc.
For the rest of us, it’s all about the depth of our curiosity.

Our database is a work in progress. When we find an outstanding book, we will add it to the list. If you find a book that you think we should add, please e-mail us. We are always open to suggestions and criticism, both positive and negative.
Prices are subject to change at the publisher’s whim.


A. Arithmetic – The books are aimed at teachers and students in kindergarten through grade 3. Some are useful through grade 6.

B. Art & Architecture – How to create your own “Escher” pictures. How geometry is used in art, sculpture, and architecture The mathematics behind the great constructions projects.

C. Biographies – from the expected to the unusual. Did you know that our founding fathers were all scientists? Do you know who Ada Lovelace was?

D. Business – Take a peek. They’re not about accounting.

E. Codes – The making and breaking of codes plus their place in history.

F. Education – Our largest section. Do browse and discover.

G. History of Mathematics – Gives historical perspective to mathematical discoveries. It is important to know how much has been found and lost and found again through the ages.

H. Mathematical Hands-on Projects – 3-dimensional activities. Very useful in developing a deeper understanding of math.

I. Mathematical Principles – For the reader 11 and up & up & up.. Fascinating material.

J. Mathematical Toys – If you’re searching for intellectually stimulating toys, here they are. They’re fun, they’re beautiful, and they’re educational

K. Music – How many of you know the connection between math and music? Read on and discover how come Beethoven could compose magnificent music although stone deaf.

L. Numbers – Fascinating for everyone at every level.

M. Posters – Yes. A picture is worth a 1000 words. Unique and very informative.

N. Practical Applications - For those who want to know – “what for”, try Auto Math. Try What are the Odds. Try them all.

O. Puzzles & Games – Our next to biggest section. No age limits. All you need is a desire for a mental challenge.

P. Science – Math as the most basic of the sciences underlies everything. Read on.

Q. Science (Math) Fiction – A few unusual stories

R. Sports – Some very interesting books relating to various sports statistics

S. Statistics – My favorite is Baseball’s All-time Best Hitters. What you can do with numbers to prove a point. Very enlightening!