Randy Brown
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How do you motivate a precise definition to a student without much proof experience?
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I like explaining that without definitions, they don't even know what they think they already know. For example: What is the definition of $2^3$? $2$ times $2$ times $2$. Right. What is $2^{-3}$? $1/2^...

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Good algebraic number theory books
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Look at: Map of Number Theory The book recommended there (Manin/Panchishkin's "Introduction to Modern Number Theory") does seem amazingly comprehensive, and very readable.

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