There are four books that I have read which I have found to be phenomenal. Until recently I have not been able to put my finger on why I found them so phenomenal. Now I know why: they start with simple concepts and gradually build on top of them. Each step adds a tiny bit of knowledge on top of the preceding steps. Each step logically follows from the preceding steps. Here are the four books:
- An Introduction to Mathematics by Alfred North Whitehead.
- Economics by Boyes/Melvin.
- Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
- Elements by Euclid.
Do you know of other books which follow this approach of starting with basic concepts and gradually, incrementally building up a vast body of knowledge?