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I'm looking into learning math partially by reading, I have and am currently reading books by Dover publishing. I like these books because they don't use the formulaic textbook layout and rather provide insight into the why and how of the content. Does anyone else know any good mathematics books that are similar (preferably in any kind of Math, Logic or Physics)

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  • $\begingroup$ What level (high school, beginning undergraduate math major, etc)? $\endgroup$ – Gamma Function Feb 27 '14 at 3:12
  • $\begingroup$ beggining undergrad, math minor $\endgroup$ – user76061 Feb 27 '14 at 3:14
  • $\begingroup$ I think you'll find most math books are like what you want. Except those texts which are required for people who are not really interested in math. The formulaic approach is needed because the audience is unwilling to learn anything not on the test. So, just stay away from the really expensive required texts and you should do just fine. Dover, while good, sometimes put you in contact with forgotten notation. So I would caution you to do research on each topic you read, choose the right book for a given topic. This site helps with that. $\endgroup$ – James S. Cook Feb 27 '14 at 3:20
  • $\begingroup$ @JamesS.Cook so pretty much play it by topic? $\endgroup$ – user76061 Feb 27 '14 at 3:22
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    $\begingroup$ You might like Visual Complex Analysis. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber Feb 27 '14 at 3:30
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Here are two personal favorites,

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  • $\begingroup$ I agree that The Cauchy-Schwarz Master Class and A Book of Abstract Algebra are well worth considering. I would be interested in knowing what you particularly like about them. $\endgroup$ – J W Aug 1 '14 at 13:09

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