20050919, 23:45  #12 
Aug 2004
italy
113 Posts 
name of this thread
if we MUST continue this thread, (and I think we should not), can we have a better name for it?

20050920, 00:04  #13 
Aug 2004
italy
113 Posts 
sorry, I was thinking of the name of the subforum, not of this thread

20050920, 00:23  #14  
Aug 2004
italy
113 Posts 
Quote:
thanks, pierpaolo 

20050920, 00:33  #15 
"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA
2^{2}·3·641 Posts 
Give me some time, then check that thread.

20050920, 07:55  #16 
Aug 2004
italy
113 Posts 
proposal for a meta forum
I think that we should have a moderated "meta" forum, to discuss things like rules, policies, etc. and move the discussion out of the math forum.
This should help to extinguish flames. I also would like some comment about my proposal of a sticky thread for recommended books to read (I know that DR. Silverman would say: " mandatory books to study ) pierpaolo 
20050920, 08:37  #17  
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}·97 Posts 
Quote:
http://www.mersenneforum.org/showthr...ghlight=Escher And two books in particular are mentioned quite often. One is the Crandall and Pomerance book called Prime Numbers, A Computational Perspective, which can be found here: http://www.perfsci.com/primenumbers.htm#primekit The other is Art of Computer Programming, 3vols, by Donald E Knuth. At the end of 1999 American Scientist named this among the best twelve scientific monographs of the century and it is frequently referred to in this forum simply as “Knuth”. It used to be titled The Art… and so is often known by the acronym TAOCP. Other books that come well recommended (not by me, by experts who know what they are talking about) include: Richard Guy  "Unsolved Problems in Number Theory". H. Cohen  "A Course in Computational Algebraic Number Theory", And either Reisel's or Bressoud's books on Factoring . But obviously much will depend on what kind of book you are looking for, what you want to study, what level you are currently at and where you want to go. Just asking people to recommend books doesn’t give them much to go on. Another thing to be wary of is that I have in my house a book that came highly recommended by a number of people. I use it as a doorstop because it is completely impenetrable to me as a book. 

20050920, 08:53  #18 
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
2467_{10} Posts 
How about a Wiki page, "Recommended reading" ?
Alex 
20050920, 11:57  #19  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
2^{2}·1,877 Posts 
Quote:
Hardy & Wright Introduction to the Theory of Numbers D. Shanks Solved & Unsolved Problems in Number Theory If more advanced books are desired, I can recommend them. Stay away from Serre's "A Course in Arithmetic" or any of Serge Lang's books [RIP] 

20050920, 13:19  #20  
Bamboozled!
"𒉺𒌌𒇷𒆷𒀭"
May 2003
Down not across
2^{2}×5×11×53 Posts 
Quote:
"An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers" by Niven, Zuckerman & Montgomery. I rather like it, though mine is the 3rd edition. The latest is the 5th and is described by Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books Another one is Baker's "A Concise Introduction to the Theory of Numbers", http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books It is undoubtedly condensed, but another nice book I picked up very cheaply. Paul 

20050920, 22:58  #21 
"Phil"
Sep 2002
Tracktown, U.S.A.
2^{5}·5·7 Posts 
My apologies, I missed the postings in this thread that were made over a week ago. I didn't realize that it was my comoderator stirring things up! I notice now that the renamed "Miscellaneous Math Threads" subforum contains 33 threads, a bit under 9% of the total number of threads that were in the regular math forum. Does this serve a useful purpose? I will start a poll in the lounge and see how people respond.

20050920, 23:18  #22 
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
2,467 Posts 
Ernst Mayer sent an email out today. He got into a severe car accident on Fr. 9th, i.e. the day after he moved the threads. He is now recovering and apparantly will make it out of the whole affair in one piece. He'll still need quite a bit of time to recover, though. I think maybe we should delay further action on this subforum issue until Ernst is back and can share his view on it.
I'm a bit shaken, his email really sounded rather serious. I can only hope he'll be alright and will make a speedy and complete recovery. Gute Besserung, Ernst! Alex 
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