##math is a channel on the Freenode IRC network. This is their wiki of math textbooks.

"Incomplete list of books that people on ##math have bought, sold, tried, read, taught, suffered through and would feel like suggesting." "If you are a self-learner and are looking for a few books to get started, the first section contains exclusively such books."

“It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.” —Carl Friedrich Gauss

"If teaching is reduced to mere data transmission, if there is no sharing of excitement and wonder, if teachers themselves are passive recipients of information and not creators of new ideas, what hope is there for their students?" —Paul Lockhart, A Mathematician's Lament: www.maa.org/external_archive/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf