Exploring the World of Mathematics by John Hudson Tiner does an excellent job sharing some of the history and practicality of math without containing the typical evolutionary bias. Developed in such a way that elementary through high school students can enjoy it, this book works well as a supplement to any math curriculum. Hudson writes in an easy-to-read style (I have been reading it before bed each night), yet at the same time includes a few thought-provoking math problems at the end of each chapter.
Students of different ages and skill levels can use this fascinating book. Intended as a supplement to a homeschool curriculum, it’s more than just a math book. Tracing the history of mathematics principles and theory, it includes stories and tips showing math to be practical for everyday use. Included are basic mathematical principles including some simple algebra, geometry, and scientific math; Egyptian and Greek contributions to mathematics;and math involving time, the seasons, and measurement; lots of fun activities illustrating mathematical principles; and chapter tests (answers included in back); over 150 illustrations and diagrams. $13.99