**4**

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**4**answers

857 views

### Advice for number theory library

Hi I just got a faculty position and it comes with a generous start up funds for "office supplies", which I must use or lose. What does a pure mathematician need? I have good computers already. I ...

**92**

votes

**22**answers

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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 ...

**13**

votes

**1**answer

234 views

### Which tools can identify scholarly papers that use the same types of equations?

Many types of equations are being used in multiple contexts, so a search for specific formulas might be one way to identify scholarly papers that are conceptually related.
Is any website or tool ...

**-4**

votes

**1**answer

204 views

### I need following books (soft copies) [closed]

I know this is not the place to ask for such help, but I cant find these books in my country and not even on line and the shipping is very expensive. If someone out there have any of these books (soft ...

**5**

votes

**5**answers

1k views

### Textbooks on SINGULAR and Macaulay 2

Recently, I'm tired of those theoretical parts on commuative algebra. So I hope that someone could recommend me some good textbooks on SINGULAR and Macaulay 2. And I'm wondering whether SINGULAR is ...

**-1**

votes

**0**answers

18 views

### Objects are finite sets, arrows are matrices. How is this a category? [migrated]

I just started to read this book on category theory.
How is this example below a category?
I have difficulty imagining what this construct really is.
Could someone please illuminate me ?
I ...

**22**

votes

**16**answers

18k views

### Linear Algebra Texts?

Can anyone suggest a relatively gentle linear algebra text that integrates vector spaces and matrix algebra right from the start? I've found in the past that students react in very negative ways to ...

**55**

votes

**28**answers

7k views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**2**answers

848 views

### Possible errata in Nicolas Bourbaki's General Topology -I, Chapter 1 Exercise 2 ?

Here is the text of Exercise:
2 a) Let $X$ be an ordered set. Show that the set of intervals
$\left[x, \rightarrow\right[$ (resp. $\left]\leftarrow, x\right]$)
is a base of topology on $X$; ...

**26**

votes

**32**answers

5k views

### What out-of-print books would you like to see re-printed?

It's excellent news that the LMS are to re-publish Cassels & FrÃ¶hlich. There are many other excellent mathematics books which are just about impossible (or at least very expensive) to get hold ...

**43**

votes

**48**answers

8k views

### Books you would like to see translated into English.

I have recently been told of a proposal to produce an English translation
of Landau's Handbuch der Lehre von der Verteilung der Primzahlen, and
this prompts me to ask a more general question:
...

**51**

votes

**61**answers

7k views

### Old books still used

It's a commonplace to state that while other sciences (like biology) may always need the newest books, we mathematicians also use to use older books. While this is a qualitative remark, I would like ...

**13**

votes

**29**answers

9k views

### 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 ...

**14**

votes

**1**answer

4k views

### Matsumura: “Commutative Algebra” versus “Commutative Ring Theory”

There are two books by Matsumura on commutative algebra. The earlier one is called Commutative Algebra and is frequently cited in Hartshorne. The more recent version is called Commutative Ring ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

765 views

### Help with Griffiths & Harris, Surfaces

I believe to have found a typo in Griffiths & Harris.
In the chapter on surfaces, section Rational Surfaces 1, I am trying to read the result that a holomorphic vector bundle over ...

**13**

votes

**19**answers

10k views

### Good combinatorics textbooks for teaching undergraduates?

Hello, can anyone recommend good combinatorics textbooks for undergraduates? I will be teaching a 10-week course on the subject at Stanford, and I assume that the students will be strong and motivated ...

**67**

votes

**27**answers

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### Are there other nice math books close to the style of Tristan Needham?

Hello, I've been very positively impressed by Tristan Needham's book "Visual Complex Analysis", a very original and atypical mathematics book which is more oriented to helping intuition and insight ...

**20**

votes

**3**answers

3k views

### Elementary Number Theory Text from a Categorical Perspective

My question is somewhat similar to this previous question, but from a slightly different perspective. Is there any textbook on elementary number theory that develops the properties of $\mathbb{Z}$ as, ...

**18**

votes

**8**answers

3k views

### How to start Game theory?

Hi everybody,
I recently got interested in Game Theory but I don't know where should I start.
Can anyone recommend any references and textbooks?
And what are the prerequisites of Game Thoery?
Thanks ...

**34**

votes

**26**answers

11k views

### A Book You Would Like to Write

Writing a book from the beginning to the end is (so I heard) a very hard process. Planning a book is easier. This question is dual in a sense to the question "Books you would like to read (if somebody ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

191 views

### A good reference for learning about super-differentiation & super-integration?

I've looked at a couple of books for basic information for super-differentiation & super-integration - Rogers Supermanifolds, and Khrennikovs Superanalysis.
Unfortunately both books lack a clear ...

**54**

votes

**61**answers

21k views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

196 views

### Alternative source to Drozd's book on finite dimensional algebras

I am trying to learn classic representation theory of finite dimensional algebras. My main source is the book "finite dimensional algebras" by Drozd and Kirichenko. I did not have too much trouble ...

**17**

votes

**15**answers

12k views

### Good Algebraic Number Theory Books

I have just finished a master's degree in Mathematics and want to learn everything possible about algebraic number fields and especially applications to the generalized Pell equation (my thesis ...

**5**

votes

**6**answers

587 views

### What books approach group theory through transformation/permutation groups?

What are some books that discuss transformation groups (or permutation groups) before abstract groups?
Some quotes to motivate the question:
from V. I. Arnold, 'On Teaching Mathematics':
What ...

**2**

votes

**6**answers

7k views

### What are your favorite calculus books for math majors of various levels? [closed]

Since I'll be working ("I" being the original poster, Andrew L) as either a high school math teacher or adjunct at a university as well as private tutoring, to make ends meet for the next year or so ...

**52**

votes

**13**answers

10k views

### Statistics for mathematicians

I'm looking for an overview of statistics suitable for the mathematically mature reader: someone familiar with measure theoretic probability at say Billingsley level, but almost completely ignorant of ...

**22**

votes

**9**answers

4k views

### Introductory text on geometric group theory?

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

**52**

votes

**34**answers

6k views

### Books about history of recent mathematics

I draw on this question to ask something that has always been a pet peeve of mine. It is very easy to find books about the history of mathematics, much less so if one wants books about the recent (say ...

**17**

votes

**12**answers

1k views

### Insightful books about elementary mathematics

What are some books that discuss elementary mathematical topics ('school mathematics'), like arithmetic, basic non-abstract algebra, plane & solid geometry, trigonometry, etc, in an insightful ...

**72**

votes

**32**answers

43k views

### 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 ...

**17**

votes

**2**answers

1k views

### Papers better than books?

Not so long ago I took a class called "Discrete analysis". I remember that I couldn't find any "novice" level material on Mobius functions in combinatorics. So then I went to the roots and read Rota's ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

295 views

### P.J. Hilton notes requested

Does anybody here have the mimeographed notes Homotopy theory and duality, by P.J. Hilton, Cornell University, 1959 ?
I guess that those notes were never published online.
I believe that some ...

**3**

votes

**3**answers

280 views

### Good Books on the history of Zero

I am looking for books that discuss the origins of the zero, specifically the differences in the use and concept of the zero number among different civilizations (considering also the Mesoamerican ...

**3**

votes

**3**answers

477 views

### Finite, abelian, yet “fugitive” orthogonal subgroups

Update July 29, 2013.
I have still not found a good textbook for this topic, if you point one to me I will be grateful :) I have accepted BS's answer anyway, since their explanation was useful to me ...

**11**

votes

**19**answers

6k views

### Textbook recommendations for undergraduate proof-writing class

I am teaching the proof-writing class (for the 3rd time) in the Fall and plan to buck the party line and use a different text than the default Bond and Keane. My parameters are as follows:
Logic, ...

**6**

votes

**4**answers

839 views

### A book explaining power and limitations of Peano Axioms?

Are there books or survey articles explaining the subject to a non-expert? To clarify what I mean, here is a couple of issues that I would like to read about. (I am mainly interested in references but ...

**3**

votes

**7**answers

2k views

### Ask for recommendations for textbook on mathematical logic

I studied mathematical logic using a book not written in English. I would now like to study it again using a textbook in English. But I hope I can read a text that is similar to the one I used before, ...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

410 views

### Book on the Three body Problem

Hi all, I am looking for a good book about the famous (infamous perhaps?) three body problem - both theoretical and numerical hardless and accomplishments.
can you help? Thanks

**21**

votes

**14**answers

2k views

### Essential reads in the philosophy of mathematics and set theory

I am graduate student and have a decent understanding of logic and set theory.
Recently I have got interested in the philosophy of mathematics and set theory. I have read a number of papers by ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

264 views

### lie algebras, Kac Moody, and quantum mechanics book

Hi all, I've just finished a graduated course on Kac-Moody algebras, and I'm really looking for some reading in regard to their applications to Quantum Mechanics. Can you help?

**12**

votes

**9**answers

7k views

### A book for problems in Functional Analysis

Hello everybody,
I want to know if there's any book that categorizes problems by subjects of Functional Analysis.
I'm studying Functional Analysis now a days and I really need to solve some problems ...

**7**

votes

**5**answers

794 views

### Mathematics for ebook readers

Project Gutenberg has a mathematics section, and they prepare their more recent publications in a format that works very well on an ebook reader of moderate size: they generate PDFs in a size of ...

**15**

votes

**11**answers

8k views

### 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 ...

**78**

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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

887 views

### Any two curves over k homeomorphic [closed]

Why are two curves over a field k homeomorphic?
I have been able to prove that any variety of positive dimension over a field k has the same cardinality as k.

**1**

vote

**10**answers

3k views

### Propositional logic and first order logic textbook

What are in your opinion some good propositional and first order logic textbooks (undergraduate level) ?
I need one that focuses mainly on the aspects of logic related to computer science.
thanks in ...

**9**

votes

**8**answers

1k views

### Introduction to wavelets?

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

**25**

votes

**65**answers

7k views

### Fiction books about mathematicians? [closed]

What are some fiction books about mathematicians?
It seems to me rather difficult for writers to create good books on this subject.
Some years ago I thought there were no such books at all.
There ...

**12**

votes

**6**answers

2k views

### Euclid with Birkhoff

I'm looking for an short and elementary book which does Euclidean geomety with Birkhoff's axioms.
It would be best if it would also include some topics in projective (and/or) hyperbolic geometry.
...