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Mathematical literature to lose yourself in

H.M. Edwards in the preface to his book on the Riemann Zeta Function, summarises his philosophy on learning Mathematics: ...I have tried to say to students of mathematics that they should read the ...
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I need help finding a rigorous Pre-calculus textbook

I dislike modern textbooks; their cookie-cutter approach and appearance, over reliance on breaking things down into little boxes, the general spoon-feeding they engender and most of all the poor ...
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Chess and mathematics

I have to choose a research-like project to follow the next year. Because I'm a chess enthusiast, I was thinking of trying to tackle an (open) problem related to chess, and relevant to mathematics. ...
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Too Many Books - Not Enough Time

I am currently a high school student trying to get as far ahead in mathematics as I can. In doing so, I accumulated a good 10 physical math books, and a library of online resources including 2 or 3 ...
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Math enthusiast wants to learn math

I'm an english major with a vivid interest in mathematics,I've read and enjoyed What Is Mathematics? by Courant and Robbins (does this count as some background?),and I've decided to begin a serious ...
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Prerequisites for Hilbert Cohn-Vossen's Geometry and the Imagination?

I've not read this book(not really),but I would like to know how much is assumed by the reader. can I recommend this to the layperson? Also ,any more recent similar books? I already know of Courant ...
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(translated)Russian mathematics books?

Most russian mathematician(generally) are known to do and teach mathematics in a very original manner,they do in a very intuitive yet rigorous way, with/through wonderful connection to physics. ...
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Gilbert Strang's books on calculus and linear algebra?Are they for math majors?

I would to know what are the best resources to use to teach and learn elementary subjects (calculus,linear algebra),I remember when learning calculus, I used Spivak's book which had wonderful ...
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where can I get math book reviews?

The only two freely available choices are maa.org and zbmath.org ,where can get other mathematical book reviews? any one?
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Reference: Fields of characteristic p

I am interested in learning more about fields of characteristic $p\neq 0$. Does anyone know of a good reference that covers the basics of this topic and possibly galois theory over fields of prime ...
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Starting with ring theory

Can anyone suggest a book on rings explaining concepts using visual diagrams, similar to the one visual group theory book by Nathan Carter for groups.The problem with me is that after reading that ...
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Derivation of Schrödinger's equation

I recall a famous quote of the late physicist Richard Feynman: Where did we get that from? It's not possible to derive it from anything you know. It came out of the mind of Schrödinger. This ...
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Have any authors suggested mathematics-wide prefixes for “missing a quotient” and/or “missing an identity”?

The prefixes in the following terms both mean: "missing the obvious quotient by the obvious equivalence relation." seminorm pseudometric Similarly, the prefixes in the following terms both mean: ...
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Interesting examples of switching limit and integral

We learn many theorems regarding the relationship of limit and integral (Dominated/ Monotone Convergence, Fatou, Semicontinuity of norms, etc...). As I'm working on my research, I find that I often ...
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Alternatives to the notation $\|x\|$ for the norm of $x$?

For aesthetic reasons, I don't like the notation $\|x\|$ for the norm of $x$. Have any alternatives been proposed?
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Any comments on Lax's “Calculus with Applications, 2e”

There's a new calculus book titled Calculus with Applications by Peter Lax (2nd edition of an old one). I really liked his linear algebra and functional analysis books, and I was wondering if this ...
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Is there any similar math limerick?

I found this one $$\frac{(12+144+20)+\left(3 \cdot \sqrt{4}\right)}{7}+(5 \cdot 11)=9^2+0.$$ Which is : ...
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Video lectures of algebraic geometry (Hartshorne, Shafarevich, … )

I am a commutative algebra student. I wonder if there is some video lectures of algebraic geometry courses available online for free? I'd like the lectures to cover main topics of the books ...
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Books that integrate physical reasoning with mathematical reasoning? mathematicians?

As the title says, can anyone help me to find any book that shows how physical reasoning using concepts from classical/quantum mechanics and physics in general can enlighten us about mathematical ...
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Formal Trigonometric Refrence

I'm Using a textbook for mathematic which is produced to learn for normal students. Here I'm giving the link of chapter of trigonometric functions of my textbook : ...
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How do people on MSE find closed-form expressions for integrals, infinite products, etc?

I always wanted to ask this question since when I joined MSE, but because I was afraid of asking too many soft questions I never asked it. I've seen some pretty complicated integrals and infinite ...
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How do you self-study Functional Analysis?

It would be very handy to know about function spaces, distributions and Fourier analysis. It looks like Rudin's Functional Analysis covers these things, but I do not yet have the foundation for it. ...
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Self-Contained Books / Series / Lectures for Comprehensive Introduction to College-Level Math for Someone with VERY Poor Math Foundation?

I've long been interested in various math related subjects (technology, philosophy, sciences, computer science, languages, etc.) without really invested time to actually any learn any of them. I ...
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Problem solving strategy?

This question has always bothered me, and I've never had a maths coach to guide me along the way and show me what to do next. Nevertheless, I did make top 50 nationally in my national mathematics ...
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Is it normal that a pure math student doesn't know vector analysis?

Today I was watching a series of online video lectures about electromagnetism. At some point of the lecture, the professor used this vector calculus identity: $$ ...
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Russian Texts on Geometry

I recently saw a question today pertaining to Russian mathematics and I have a similar question but of a slightly different flavor. I've always heard that the Soviet Union had a history of producing ...
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Best resource to learn quadratic reciprocity?

I took a very basic intro to number theory course last semester. We learned about many of the standard topics (gcd, primes, cryptography, congrences, pythagorean triples, etc), but we never learned ...
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Koblitz - Are chapters III & IV independent of I & II

I am interested in learning about Modular forms and have heard many great things about Neal Koblitz's Introduction to Elliptic Curves and Modular Forms. However, Koblitz doesn't discuss modular forms ...
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Which Trigonometry Book is Recommended? [duplicate]

I'm taking trigonometry for this upcoming fall, and I want to get a good head start like I did with statistics a while back. I was recommended Cynthia Young' s Trigonometry book and Loney's book. ...
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Soviet Russian Mathematical Books

The introductory part of the book briefly describes the popularity of mathematics in Soviet Russia, touches on Russian mathematical circles and generally how Russian society took to mathematics in a ...
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Reference Request: Prereqs for Lecture Notes on “Abstract Linear Algebra”

I just found this set of lecture notes on linear algebra which seems to go over several things I've been wondering about as I study linear algebra. Unfortunately there are very few exercises in the ...
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Open Problems for High School Students

I am a homeschooled rising senior in high school, and I would like to research an open problem in mathematics. I have taken a number of undergraduate-level mathematics courses, including ...
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Areas of contemporary Mathematical Physics

I have often heard that some developments in Physics such as Gauge Theory, String Theory, Twistor Theory, Loop Quantum Gravity etc have had a significant impact on pure Mathematics especially geometry ...
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Best Less-Famous Texts for Forcing

There are many books, papers and lecture notes which give an introduction to forcing (e.g. Jech or Kunen's books) but here I am looking for some possibly less-famous useful comprehensive texts for ...
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Interviews of famous modern mathematicians

I was wondering, are there any good collections of interviews of famous modern mathematicians? It can be text interviews, or audio or video recordings. I am not sure what exactly I mean by "modern". ...
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Multivariable calculus and real analysis in one semester. What is the best way to study for such course?

I am in my first year of EECS and planning on taking a lot of maths classes. I have already taken single variable calculus and linear algebra and did well in them and decided to take multivariable ...
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Algebra books for olympiad preparation

I was looking for some good books for algebra and number theory at the olympiad level. Does anybody have any suggestions? I specifically want books that work on techniques and concepts (not just ...
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What are the problems that you tried to find their solutions and you did not know that it is impossible?

Tell us your story about Mathematics. Have you dream one day to do a big contribution in Mathematics because you are curious and love challenges. What are things that you tried to prove which then ...
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Is it bad to keep aside Lang's Algebra in graduate school?

Question is as it is stated in title. I will be joining for PhD program in this July 2014. I am interested in working in Algebra/Algebraic Geometry/Algebraic Number Theory. I tried to learn algebra ...
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Books and/or online resources on solving problems.

What are some good resources(online, books) that teach you how to tackle difficult and ugly problems in higher math arranged by subjects(analysis, topology, ODEs, groups etc) or topics(polynomials, ...
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Less Terse alternative to Advanced Calculus by Folland.

I am currently in an advanced calculus class in university. We use Advanced Calculus by Folland. When I try to follow along the book I find that it is not verbose enough, and has too few examples. I ...
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Why has no body retypeset Ladyzhenskaya et al's “Linear and quasi-linear equations of parabolic type”? [closed]

The book "Linear and quasi-linear equations of parabolic type" is one of the ugliest books I have ever seen in my life. The fonts are awful, the notation is difficult to understand and recall and the ...
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Follow up to Pinter's abstract algebra

I wanted to learn abstract algebra this summer so I bought Pinter's A book of Abstract Algebra. I was planning on reading it over the course of the summer, but just finished the last problem of its ...
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What was the book that opened your mind to the beauty of mathematics?

Of course, I am generalising here. It may have been a teacher, a theorem, self pursuit, discussions with family / friends / colleagues, etc. that opened your mind to the beauty of mathematics. But ...
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List of Advanced Math Text Books with answers

Can anybody please recommend a list of Advanced Mathematics Books for physics that can be used for self study. Most importantly they must have answers for odd or even problems. I have a big list of ...
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Is Courant's Introduction to Calculus and Analysis still up-to-date?

I just found this marvelous book and I think that it's the best book in this category, but I'm worried that it is not up-to-date. I've heard that Hardy's A Course of Pure Mathematics has some switched ...
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Book series like AMS' Student Mathematical Library?

I had the joy of discovering AMS' Student Mathematical Library book series today, and I have been pleasantly surprised by how enticing some of the titles seem: exciting and expositionary, a perfect ...
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Book ref. request: “…starting from a mathematically amorphous problem and combining ideas from sources to produce new mathematics…”

I couldn't find Charles Radin's Miles of Tiles at the local university library or the public library, and cannot afford its Amazon price right now. Thus, while sorely disappointed for the moment, I ...
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Book: Functional Calculus

Is there a good book that investigates in detail the various kinds of functional calculus? I'm having now some knowledge about unbounded operators and integration but I would like to understand ...
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How mathematical theorems and concepts gain their names?

Cantor's theorem, Woodin Cardinal, Sacks Forcing and Martin's Axiom are just some of well-known theorems and concepts of mathematics which have the name of those mathematicians who introduced these ...