If I'm correct, old style algebra books ( before 1945) concentrated on equation solving, and modern ones concentrate more on functions and their graphs ( as a preparation to calculus).

Are there classical references, popular amongst math students / teachers - not too old references ( I'd better like not before mid 40's, for fear terminology might be out of date ) - concentrating specially on equation solving ( at the intermediate level).

I once saw a post dealing vith absolute value expressions as exponents with an example taken from Dorofeev's Elementary mathematics. That kind of reference ( with that kind of exercise) would be of great interest to me. ( Unfortunately it is rather difficult to find a copy of Dorofeev's book).

Remark. When I say " not too old ones", don't understand I have prejudices against old math books. To the contrary I highly appreciate math books written during the period 1945-1970 first for typography , second for clarity and elegance in explanations, third for a certain " free thinking air" ( so to say) one can breathe in these books. As an example, I'd take Moses Richardon's books.


If you need something quick, one of the best handbooks is "Mathematical handbook for scientists and engineers" by G.A. Korn and T.M. Korn.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for this reference. Andrey, do you know any book comparable to Dorofeev's Elementary mathematics ? $\endgroup$ – Ray LittleRock Mar 30 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, no, but I think, any Elementary mathematics book of the stated years would be as well good. $\endgroup$ – Andrey Semenov Mar 30 at 15:17

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