# Questions tagged [books]

Questions in which books play a key-role, such as questions on antique books, e-books, difference between various editions of a book, etc. For questions asking for recommendations of books on some subject the tag textbook-recommendation is often more suitable.

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### Good “casual” advanced math books

I'm curious if there are any good math books out there that take a "casual approach" to higher level topics. I'm very interested in advanced math, but have lost the time as of late to study textbooks ...

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### Mathematical Problems of General Relativity II

In the introduction of D. Christodoulou's book "Mathematical Problems of General Relativity I", he refers a few times to the second volume. My question is does it exists? Has it been (or will it be) ...

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### Old books you would like to have reprinted with high-quality typesetting

There are some questions on mathoverflow such as
What out-of-print books would you like to see re-printed?
Old books still used
with answers that tell us things such as:
Mathematicians prefer to ...

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### Reference request: Oldest linear algebra books with exercises?

Inspired by the recent success of my "soft question" here, I also have to ask, what are some of the oldest linear algebra books out there with exercises? I'm fine with or without solutions, either way....

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### Reference request: Oldest calculus, real analysis books with exercises?

Per the title, what are some of the oldest calculus, real analysis books out there with exercises? Maybe there are some hidden gems from before the 20th century out there.
Edit. Unsolved exercises ...

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### State-of-the-art geometry book? [closed]

For my best friend's birthday, I am looking for a geometry book. He's currently doing his math PhD and is really fond of geometry, especially hyperbolic or higher-dimensional ones, also interested in (...

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### What are examples of books which teach the practice of mathematics?

One may classify the types of mathematics books written for students into two groups: books which merely teach mathematics (i.e., they present theorems and proofs, ready-made, as it were) and those ...

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### Are there any advanced level math audiobooks?

I am aware of a few interesting math podcasts but haven’t come across any interesting advanced math audiobook. Are there some?

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### What are good articles/books on the psychology of mathematical research?

I am thinking about advanced texts similar to Polya's 'How to solve it?'. Quite a few good articles of such a kind are published under Philosophy of Mathematics, but that dwells on a very different ...

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### Which edition of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica of Isaac Newton would you recommend to me?

I'm searching for a good edition of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica of Isaac Newton in English. Which edition of the Principia can you suggest me? If it's possible, cheap and similar to ...

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### Duistermaat and Kolk's lost chapters on Lie groups

In Duistermaat and Kolk's book Lie Groups, it is written in the preface that "the text contains references to chapters belonging to a future volume". I could not find this second volume anywhere. Has ...

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### Books on algebraic groups over C with examples [duplicate]

I've been trying to learn about algebraic groups lately and I was wondering if there were any books/notes out there which: A. treat algebraic groups over the complex numbers, B. cover all the most ...

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### Books on music theory intended for mathematicians

Some time ago I attended a colloquium given by Princeton music theorist Dmitri Tymoczko, where he gave a fascinating talk on the connection between music composition and certain geometric objects (as ...

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### Are French, original editions of Grothendieck's EGA&SGA out of sales?

I have been desperately searching for the hardcopies of Grothendieck's EGA and SGA trilogy, but I could not find available sales except for some used books at Amazon with ridiculously expensive prices....

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### Distributional equations: reference request [closed]

I'm really having a hard time finding a book that covers distributional equations such as $xT = \delta(x)$ or distributional differential equations. Any suggestions?

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### A course on modern algebraic geometry from “The Stacks Project”

I hope this question is viable for this site. I'm sincerely sorry, if you think it isn't.
For a lot of time, "EGA" by Alexander Grothendieck and Jean Dieudonne was "the" reference on the basics of ...

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### What are the differences between The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics and Mathematics for Physics by Michael Stone and Paul Goldbart?

Both of them are applied mathematics books. What are the main differences between them? Which is more mathematical i.e. mathematically advanced, mathematically rigorous?

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### Trinity College, Cambridge, circa 1896 maths scholarship papers [closed]

I've been searching around looking for the (maths component) of the scholarship papers to Trinity College (Cambridge) from around 1890. Can anyone provide a link to a pdf scan of these papers?
Was ...

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### Bromwich introduction to infinite series or modern counterpart

I'm looking to brush up my analysis after several years out of mathematics (graduated in 1996 and worked in industry since then).
I want a hard core treatment of analysis in order to brush up and ...

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### Greatly expanded new edition of a Bourbaki chapter on algebra?

Recently I discovered by accident that Bourbaki issued in 2012 a radically expanded version of their 1958 Chapter 8 Modules et anneaux semi-simples (like other chapters, initially in French) within ...

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### Can I find Fermat's complete works anywhere?

I admire the mathematician very much and want to look at his writings. Is there anywhere in book or web form that has a collection of his writings?

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### Springer GTM Reprints in China?

I apologise if this is not the sort of question appropriate for MO; it does however seem that mathematicians are the most likely to know the answer:
Many of the Chinese mathematicians and graduate ...

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### university press specialized in math books [closed]

I am thinking of writing a book for graduate students, on graph theory.
Apart from AMS book, does someone of you could suggest a university press that acccept submission on these arguments.
I ...

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### Popular books written by great mathematicians [closed]

I read:
H. Poincare. Value of science
F. Klein. Development of Mathematics in the 19th Century
J.E. Littlewood. A Mathematicians Miscellany
G.H. Hardy. A Mathematician’s Apology
R. Courant, H....

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### Book on Convergence Concepts in Probability without Measure Theory [closed]

I am looking for a comprehensive book on Probability which discusses Convergence of Random Variables in detail, excluding portions of Measure Theory. Allan Gut's "Probability: A Graduate Course" seems ...

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### Good lecture notes/books on Jacobian of hyperelliptic curve

I want to understand what the Jacobian variety is from an algebraic (or arithmetic?) perspective.
I want to know:
What is the definition of the Jacobian?
Widely know facts about it.
Why the Jacobian ...

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### books on very large scale linear optimization

Recently in my material science research, I have encountered problems of very large scale linear optimization. I read the introductory book "Introduction to Linear Optimization (Athena Scientific ...

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### Survey of the history of calculus?

Boyer 1939 is a nice readable survey of the history of the calculus, but it's showing its age. Discussing the notion of instantaneous velocity, he has:
Mathematics knows no minimum interval of ...

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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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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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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 way?...

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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 is ...

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### 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 ...

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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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### 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 ...

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### Research-level mathematical bookstores

I'm interested in compiling a list of bookstores around the world that stock a good selection of high-level mathematical books. The aim is so that a mathematician travelling, or on holiday, can easily ...

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### Is “problem solving” a subject to be taught?

I am witnessing a new curriculum change in my country (Iran). It includes the change of all the mathematics textbooks at all grades. The peoples involved has sent me the textbook for seven graders (13 ...

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### 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?

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### 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

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### 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 $8.5\...

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### Functions of one complex variable: geometric theory

Can someone recommend a good textbook on functions of one complex variable which have good chapters on geometric theory, in English?
When I studied complex analysis, I used two
textbooks:
An ...

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### 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 ...

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### Extended integral in Spivak’s Calculus on Manifolds

On page 48 of Calculus on Manifolds Spivak defines (Riemann) integration over rectangles $[a_{1},b_{1}]\times\cdots\times[a_{n},b_{n}]\subset\mathbb{R}^{n}$. Then on page 55 he extends this integral ...

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### Horrible sets and blowups in Hubbard's Teichmuller theory

Edit: I can rephrase this question this way: When blowing up every point in the $x$-axis in $\mathbb{C}^2$ by means of an inverse limit of finite blowups, how can anything be 'left over'? The horrible ...

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### Synthetic approach to hyperbolic geometry?

Hello,
I am looking for a source that discusses and teaches hyperbolic geometry from a synthetic approach (As opposed to the common analytinc approach in the poincare disk). I am looking for ...

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### Erratum for Fulton and Harris

I am currently using Fulton and Harris for a course on representation theory, and I have noticed that there are a few errors throughout the book. A search on google with the keywords "Errata for ...

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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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### 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 ...