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### Why do so many textbooks have so much technical detail and so little enlightenment? [closed]

I think/hope this is okay for MO.
I often find that textbooks provide very little in the way of motivation or context. As a simple example, consider group theory. Every textbook I have seen that ...

**8**

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**11**answers

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### Suggestions for a good Measure Theory book

I have taken analysis and have looked at different measures, but I am currently looking at realizing a certain problem in a different light and feel that I need a better background in various measures ...

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**13**answers

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### Erratum for Cassels-Froehlich

Edit 25 April 2010: I have a physical copy of the new printing of the book. I can only assume the LMS is now selling it (but have no details).
IMPORTANT EDIT: THE RESULTS ARE IN! Ok, the deadline has ...

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votes

**7**answers

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### Looking for book with good general overview of math and its various branches

Is there something in the order of a Goedel Escher Bach type book? If you've read it you know what I mean. Something compelling that you have to read a couple of times in order to start to get it, but ...

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votes

**4**answers

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### Famous exercise from Lang's Algebra

There's a famous story about an exercise from Lang's Algebra that says something along the lines of "pick up a homological algebra book and prove all of the theorems yourself". I cannot find it in ...

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**29**answers

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### Alternative Undergraduate Analysis Texts

Other than the standard baby Rudin, Spivak, and Stein-Shakarchi, are there other alternative and comprehensive analysis texts at the undergraduate level? For example something that has general results ...

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**11**answers

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### What to do with antique math books?

My grandfather had a PhD in math. When he died, he left a lot of math textbooks, which I took. These include things like Van der Waerden's 2-volume algebra set from the 1970s,
"Studies in Global ...

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vote

**1**answer

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### Is there a text on estimation theory online?

Where can I find graduate level, thorough, parameter estimation/ estimation theory material on the web?

**56**

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**61**answers

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### Favorite popular math book [closed]

Christmas is almost here, so imagine you want to buy a good popular math book for your aunt (or whoever you want). Which book would you buy or recommend?
It would be nice if you could answer in the ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Introductions to Disease- and Price-Modeling

I'm looking for resources (anything from short articles to books) about building mathematical models or computer simulations of 'things that happen' in populations.
Specifically, I'm curious about ...

**8**

votes

**4**answers

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### Number theory textbook with an algebraic perspective

Most of the number theory textbooks I've dealt with take a very classical approach to the subject. I'm looking for a textbook that's something like a first course in number theory for people who have ...

**6**

votes

**5**answers

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### Applied mathematics Books (graduate level)

What are some good graduate level books on applied mathematics which explain in-depth the general modern problem-solving methods of the real-world typical hard problems?
There is a lot of books on ...

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votes

**6**answers

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### What books should I read before beginning Masaki Kashiwara's “Sheaves on Manifolds”

I am a beginner trying to learn about sheaves. I am trying to read Masaki Kashiwara's book "Sheaves on Manifolds", but I find it is not easy for me to understand.
What other books should I read ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Algebraic Statistics textbook

Hey
A friend and I are thinking of having an algebraic statistics seminar next semester. Does anyone know of a good book to try learn it out of?

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**3**answers

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### How to sufficiently motivate organization of proofs in math books

Hello,
I have a bit of a general question about math books. I get the feeling that in a lot of math books, the organization for the theorems and lemmas are not explained well (ex. Topics in Algebra ...

**18**

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**6**answers

4k views

### Classification of (compact) Lie groups

I would like to study/understand the (complete) classification of compact lie groups. I know there are a lot of books on this subject, but I'd like to hear what's the best route I can follow (in your ...

**4**

votes

**6**answers

446 views

### CLT for stationary sequences with infinte variance

There is a well-known central limit theorem for as a stationary sequences.
If $( X_n )_n$ is a sationary sequence and $E X_n=0$ then under suitable mixing conditions the sequence $S_n := ...

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votes

**14**answers

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### What introductory book on Graph Theory would you recommend?

I'm looking for a book with the description of basic types of graphs, terminology used in this field of Mathematics and main theorems. All in all, a good book to start with to be able to understand ...

**9**

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**8**answers

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### Introduction to wavelets?

Are there any suggestions for introductory books on wavelets? I want a book, not online material or tutorials.

**5**

votes

**5**answers

999 views

### Texts In Non-Commutative Harmonic Analysis

What texts/books are available for progressing into non-commutative harmonic analysis?

**57**

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**28**answers

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### Where does a math person go to learn statistical mechanics?

The more math I read, the more I see concepts from statistical mechanics popping up -- all over the place in combinatorics and dynamical systems, but also in geometric situations. So naturally I've ...

**7**

votes

**17**answers

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### Text for an introductory Real Analysis course.

Any suggestions on a good text to use for teaching an introductory Real Analysis course? Specifically what have you found to be useful about the approach taken in specific texts?

**23**

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**9**answers

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### Introductory text on geometric group theory?

Can someone indicate me a good introductory text on geometric group theory?

**80**

votes

**41**answers

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### Where does a math person go to learn quantum mechanics?

My undergraduate advisor said something very interesting to me the other day; it was something like "not knowing quantum mechanics is like never having heard a symphony." I've been meaning to learn ...

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**11**answers

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### Homological Algebra texts

I would like to hear the communities' ideas on good Homological Algebra textbooks / references. The standard example is of course Weibel (which I'll leave for someone else to describe).
As usual, ...

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**32**answers

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### Best Algebraic Geometry text book? (other than Hartshorne)

I think (almost) everyone agrees that Hartshorne's Algebraic Geometry is still the best.
Then what might be the 2nd best?
It can be a book, preprint, online lecture note, webpage, etc.
One suggestion ...

**21**

votes

**14**answers

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### Learning LaTeX properly

I have never learned how to use Latex properly. Whenever writing a paper, I use hacks to override behavior of the underlying template. What would be an intermediate to advanced book on learning how to ...

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**54**answers

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### Free, high quality mathematical writing online? [closed]

I often use the internet to find resources for learning new mathematics and due to an explosion in online activity, there is always plenty to find. Many of these turn out to be somewhat unreadable ...

**32**

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**96**answers

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### Undergraduate Level Math Books [closed]

What are some good undergraduate level books, particularly good introductions to (Real and Complex) Analysis, Linear Algebra, Algebra or Differential/Integral Equations (but books in any undergraduate ...

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**8**answers

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### Are good introductory/pedagogical problems in algebraic geometry rare?

I have just started reading Elementary Algebraic Geometry by Hulek. It is a nice book but I find that it doesn't give many problems (about 10 to 15 per chapter), and that the exercises present are a ...