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Old 2004-12-18, 10:59   #1
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I was just wondering what everyone's favorite math books are. Post as many as you like
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Old 2004-12-18, 12:08   #2
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Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Kreyszig, 8th Edition, WILEY;

Calculus I and II, Tom Apostol, John Wiley & Sons;

Differential Equations, Shepley L. Ross, John Wiley & Sons;
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Concrete Mathematics, by Graham, Knuth & Patashnik, Addison-Wesley
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Proofs from The Book, by Aigner & Ziegler, Springer
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Linear Algebra, Robert Messer

Introduction to functional analysis, Meise & Vogt

A cource in number theory and cryptography, Koblitz

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My Brain is Open - The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos

A History of PI
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Abstract Algebra, by Dummit and Foote, was a favorite of mine as an undergraduate.
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I'm not entirely sure that this is a math book per se but it's certainly mathematical.

A week ago I bought The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose. It's superb, IMAO. All the mathematics you need to know to understand essentially all of theoretical physics.

Another one, getting rather old now but still first class, is Gravitation by Misner, Thorne and Wheeler.


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Old 2004-12-19, 12:02   #9
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Abstract Algebra, Dummit and Foote.
Real and Complex Analysis, By George Shilov
Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics, Grimaldi
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Thumbs up Favorite Math Books.

Thanks Travis for reviving my interest in and evaluation of my books.
Out of the 1000 odd books in my personal library I have about 300 books on math topics out of which appx. at least 45 are text books. None of these can I truthfully say, that I have mastered any of them. However they all have their merits and its difficult to choose a few as my favourites.
I will thus restrict myself to General reading.
My latest and best is 'Music of the Primes' by Marcus du Sautoy-Harper Collins.
My perrennial favourites are:
1)Godel Escher and Bach by Douglas r. Hoffstadter.---Vantage Books. N.Y.
2)The Mathematical Experience by Davis and Hersh---Birkinhausen. Boston.
3)What is Mathematics by Courant and Robbins--Oxford Univ. Press.
4)Fermats last theorem by Simon Singh---Clays Ltd. U.K.
5)THe Man who knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel---Scribners.
This is just a sampling of the many I have.
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These are not exactly hard core maths texts, but when I think of what I really enjoyed reading these are what come to mind first:

Proofs and Refutations, by Imre Lakatos.
Gรถdel, Escher, Bach, by Douglas Hoffstadter.
The Emperor's New Mind, by Roger Penrose.
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