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How do you self-study Functional Analysis?

It would be very handy to know about function spaces, distributions and Fourier stuff. It looks like Rudin's Functional Analysis covers these things, but I do not yet have the foundation for it. (see ...
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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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“Deep” maths books in certain subjects [on hold]

I would like a suggestion on the 'deepest' books in Calculus and analysis (something along the lines of Rudin's) Linear algebra Abstract algebra Geometry (and topology); (even something along the ...
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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 ...
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Literature on Sabermetrics in baseball

For my bachelor's thesis, I would like to study the use of Sabermetrics in baseball. I was fascinated by the book 'Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game' by Michael Lewis, and to me, it ...
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Best Math books or apps for adults to learn math from the beginning

I lost a possible job because I didn't know how to multiply and subtract negative valued integers. I also don't know how fraction manipulation works. What reference books can I read that can help for ...
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Known easy problems statement and hard unsoled problems [closed]

Do know some problems that look easy when you read them but they are in fact still unsolved (hard) For example: Given a number, find its prime factors. ... Thanks
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Structured Self-Learning Program for Calculus I & II

I'm interested in a organised program which comprehensively covers the topics of Calculus I and Calculus II. I've recently finished taking my secondary school's university-level Calculus I course, ...
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Understanding the Laplace operator conceptually

The Laplace operator: those of you who now understand it, how would you explain what it "does" conceptually? How do you wish you had been taught it? Any good essays (combining both history and ...
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Inner Product Spaces, suggestion for book.

Can you suggest me name of some books which would help me visualize IPS better? Like, books having diagrams and stuff?
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Graduate level elementary logic books

I've done two courses on Logic during my Bachelor course, but they were very basic. Now I'm going to start by PhD, and I'm interested in learning "real Logic". Could you please provide some references ...
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Multivariable Calculus for GRE

This is going to sound strange, but I am a third year math major who never took multivariable calculus (despite having taken courses on Galois and Lebesgue theory, etc). I plan to take the GRE next ...
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Analysis on using Unconventional underlying fields

I'm curious if people study analysis while using fields that are not $\mathbb{R}$. I remember seeing a post about doing analysis on $\mathbb{Q}$, but $\mathbb{Q}$ is not complete! Mostly I'm ...
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Very good linear algebra book.

I plan to self-study linear algebra this summer. I am sorta already familiar with vectors, vector spaces and subspaces and I am really interested in everything about matrices (diagonalization, ...), ...
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Proofs of “Table of Integrals, Series, and Products” formulas

http://www.amazon.com/Integrals-Series-Products-Seventh-Edition/dp/0123736374 This book is amazing. But there are no proofs in it. Is there book or site which contains all of the proofs of this ...
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Has anyone considered axioms to the effect that: “The axiom of constructibility fails very very badly?”

If I'm not mistaken, the axiom of constructibility basically says that the universe has no (non-trivial) inner models. Has anyone considered axioms of the opposite flavour, basically asserting that ...
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“Teach yourself” guides [closed]

I really liked Teach Yourself Logic: A Study Guide by the user Peter Smith. It is a thorough guide how to teach yourself logic and set-theory from scratch up to any level with book recommendations for ...
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Second Course in Number Theory - Self Study

I just finished a first course in number theory using Dudley's Elementary Number Theory. This was by far my favorite math course and I want to learn more number theory this summer. As far as ...
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What should a student (with algebraic-geometry minded) study in differential geometry?

One of my friend who is an undergraduate student, has known something about algebraic geometry (equivalent to chapter 1 and a little bit chapter 2 in GTM 52 by Hartshorne). He is now has to study a ...
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Am I missing out by not knowing another language?

A bunch of famous mathematicians, e.g. Kolmogorov, `Bourbaki,' Laplace, Lebesgue etc. wrote in foreign languages and I have seen peripherally that lots of new results are published in French. ...
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Gift advice: present for high school graduate interested in math

I am a PhD student in mathematics who recently found out that I will be attending my girlfriend's cousin's high school graduation party. I have never met the cousin, but hear that he is very ...
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How to practice applied mathematics calculation skill

As a natural science student in university, you may encounter so many problems that might require a deep understanding in integrating skills and series calculation. But as many of the college students ...
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Are there any good documentary films about the continuum hypothesis?

Are there any good documentary films about the continuum hypothesis? I'm looking for something slightly more serious than the usual "Cantor showed that infinity plus one equals infinity and then went ...
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Studying Galois Cohomology from Category Theory.

I am a masters student with background in Category Theory - I also know some Topos Theory. I would like to ask if you think it would be possible to start studying Galois Cohomology without any ...