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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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Signal Analysis/Processing Textbook

Can anybody recommend me a decent Signal Analysis/Processing textbook. If possible one that deals a little with MATLAB. I have an little knowledge of Real Analysis and fourier transforms. Wavelets i ...
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Learning representation theory of real reductive lie groups

I am interested in any sources that can be helpful for learning the representation theory of real reductive groups. I am currently reading Wallach book, but I feel that I don't understand the subject ...
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Learning resources for Probability Distributions/Models [closed]

I've a good background in basic probability. I need to learn and get a good grip on the probability distributions and stochastic processes, counting processes, and other related topics. I am already ...
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Fuzzy topology : references [closed]

Hey. I'm looking for references in fuzzy topology. Does anyone know a good book ?
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undergraduate handle decomposition. Reference

As the title says, I'm searching for a nice textbook for introducing the theory of handle decomposition of manifolds to undergraduate students.
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A good book of functional analysis

I'm a student (I've been studying mathematics 4 years at the university) and I like functional analysis and topology, but I only studied 6 credits of functional analysis and 7 in topology (the ...
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Textbooks for PDE between Strauss and Folland

Walter A. Strauss's Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction is a classic PDE textbook for the undergraduate students. While Folland's Introduction to Partial Differential Equations, is a nice ...
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Leibnizian calculus textbook

Where can I find a calculus textbook that emphasizes differentials? Is there such a book that I could realistically require my calculus students to use? I want a textbook that supports me when I tell ...
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Book recommendation for ergodic theory and/or topological dynamics?

Hello, I'd like to hear your opinion for ergodic theory books which would suit a beginner (with background in measure theory, real analysis and topological groups). I am looking for something well ...
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Ergodic theory and dynamical systems books references

I am arranging a weekly meeting of 2 hours with postgraduate students in ergodic theory (for a period of 3 weeks). I am asking here for an advice of a book (or maybe a set of papers) to look at ...
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Calculus book in the spirit of the 18th century

I have been reading a lovely 18th century book by John Rowe called An Introduction to the Doctrine of Fluxions. It presents calculus completely motivated by geometric questions - finding tangents to ...
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Knowledge base about topology [closed]

We are studying topology. There are a lot of definitions and theorems. I wonder if there somewhere knowledge base about topology and reasoning system exists. So I expect some tool that systematizes ...
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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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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 ...
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A toolbox for algebraic topology

This question has a very general part and a rather concrete part. General: When one wants to prove something in algebraic topology (actually in all parts of mathematics) one obviously needs some ...
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Wanted: a “Coq for the working mathematician”

Sorry for a possibly off-topic question -- there are four StackExchange subs each of which could be construed as the proper place for this question, and I've just picked the one I'm most familiar ...
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Textbooks to use as reference for standard calculus and probability topics

I am currently working on a paper to be submitted to a US journal (addressed primarily to non-mathematicians’ audience) where I use (1) some standard calculus stuff (e.g. limits, Taylor expansions, ...
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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 ...
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“Introduction to mathematical logic” book from a formalist perspective

I'm looking for books that introduce the reader to mathematical logic assuming the perspective of a formalist. I've found that many books are more or less written for the platonist - like Kunen's ...
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Background to understand Gromov's green book

I have a decent background in differential geometry. I have read John Lee's introduction to smooth manifolds and doCarmo's Riemannian Geometry. I was trying to read Misha Gromov's Metric structures ...
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Differential geometry study materials

I want to start studying differential geometry but I can't seem to find a proper starting path. Whenever I try to search for differential geometry books/articles I get a huge list. I know that it is a ...
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Text for Algebraic Number Theory

I have the privilege of teaching an algebraic number theory course next fall, a rare treat for an algebraic topologist, and have been pondering the choice of text. The students will know some ...
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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, ...
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Exponential sums for beginner.

What are the good books, online lecture notes or starting material on exponentials sums with applications in number theory for a beginner, apart from N. M. Korobov's book? The book or notes should ...
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College (Euclidean) geometry textbook recommendations

I will be teaching a mid-level undergraduate course in Euclidean geometry this fall. Has anyone taught such a course, who can recommend a good textbook? My students will mostly be future high school ...
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A book in topology

I will have to teach a topology course: it starts in point set topology and ends at fundamental group of $S^1$. In the past I have used two different books: Elementary Topology. Textbook in ...
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Why not a Roadmap for Homotopy Theory and Spectra?

MO has seen plenty of roadmap questions but oddly enough I haven't seen one for homotopy theory. As an algebraic geometer who's fond of derived categories I would like some guidance on how to build up ...
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Suggested reading for thermodynamic formalism

Are there any good books out there that can serve as an introduction to thermodynamical formalism in dynamical systems? I know only Zinsmeister's short "Thermodynamical formalism and holomorphic ...
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Book on mathematical “rigorous” String Theory?

I've been looking high and low for a mathematical Book on String Theory. The only Book I could find was "A Mathematical Introduction to String Theory" by Albeverio, Jost, Paycha and Scarlatti. I only ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Books on the Hardy-Littlewood circle method

Are there any good books providing an introduction to the Hardy-Littlewood method that do not require much of a background in complex analysis?
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Help me find good math questions for my students

I am a teacher at 西铁一中。 I teach mathematics in English for students going abroad. Now this is my problem, there are few mathematics books written in English that are at the level of high school, ...
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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 ...
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Recomendation of Complex variables book [closed]

I'd like to ask for a book of complex variables that includes a "large" discussion about the Dirichlet problem, Neumann problem, and problems like that, I have now read "basic complex analysis - ...
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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 ...
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Linear Algebra Text Book

In our department we do not like our current linear algebra book and so we would want to find a better book. This is for the first course in linear algebra and the title of the course is Elementary ...
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Algebraic Topology Beyond the Basics:Any Texts Bridging The Gap?

Peter May said famously that algebraic topology is a subject poorly served by it's textbooks. Sadly,I have to agree. Although we have a frieghtcar full of excellent first-year algebraic topology ...
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Hodge Theory (Voisin)

I have a strong understanding of Representation Theory but am interested in learning from Voisin, Hodge Theory and Complex Algebraic Geometry. What are the prerequisites to learning from this ...
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Good introductory books on dilation theories?

Are there any good introductory type of books that contain dilation theories of Sz-Nagy, Rohlin and Akcoglu?
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Book Recommendation - PDE's for geometricians / topologists

I am looking for recommendations for a book on partial differential equations, which is not written for applied mathematicians but rather focused on geometry and applications in topology, as well as ...
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Teaching a pedagogy course

At my institution incoming graduate students must take a semester long course on pedagogy taught by current grad students. I may soon be in the position of having to teach this course and I'm looking ...
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Is Mac Lane still the best place to learn category theory?

For a student embarking on a study of algebraic topology, requiring a knowledge of basic category theory, with a long-term view toward higher/stable/derived category theory, ... Is Mac Lane still ...
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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 ...
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Suggestions on the best introductory Model Theory texts

Any recommendations on the best texts for introducing Model Theory?
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A book about model theory

I am looking for a good book about model theory. As this is obviously too vague, let me explain what I am looking for and why. First I am interested about the basics and foundations of model theory. ...
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Reference request: learn measure theory for PDEs

I am requesting some references to learn appropriate measure theory for PDEs. Specifically, I would like to learn all the measure theory necessary to understand well-posedness of PDEs with measure ...