# Tagged Questions

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### Graduate ODE textbook

Suppose that a hypothetical math grad student was pretty comfortable with first-year real variables and algebra, and had even studied some other things (algebraic geometry, Riemannian geometry, ...

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### Which book would you like to see “texified”? [closed]

Let's see if we could use MO to put some pressure on certain publishers...
Although it is wonderful that it has been put
online, I think it would make an even greater read if "Hodge Cycles, Motives ...

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### 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, ...

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### Suggestions for mathematics encyclopedia

On daily basis I need to check (and re-check and re-check...) some definitions and main theorems that are not in my research area. Usually I accomplish this by a Google-search and/or a visit to our ...

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### 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 ...

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### Social Reading Platform for Math or LaTeX texts

Social reading is considered to be one of the big trends that could be catalysing learning by reading. Features could include:
Highlighting or annotating paragraphs or single steps in a proof for ...

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### Good differential equations text for undergraduates who want to become pure mathematicians

Alright, so I have been taking a while to soak in as much advanced mathematics as an undergraduate as possible, taking courses in algebra, topology, complex analysis (a less rigorous undergraduate ...

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### Mathematics and autodidactism

Mathematics is not typically considered (by mathematicians) to be a solo sport; on the contrary, some amount of mathematical interaction with others is often deemed crucial. Courses are the student's ...

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### Reference Request: Perspective Painting

What is a good book/article explaining the mathematics behind perspective painting? I have already looked at the wikipedia article on the topic, so I am looking for something more advanced than this. ...

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### 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 ...

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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 ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...

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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 ...

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### Texts In Non-Commutative Harmonic Analysis

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

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### Introductory text on geometric group theory?

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

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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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### 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 ...