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  • Paperback: 908 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199267464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199267460
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thanks for re-instilling my confidence in maths again." Roy Feyer, student, University of Queensland

Geoff Renshaw's Maths for Economics is an important new text aimed at entry-level undergraduate students. It is a testament to the efforts of the author that reading the text is almost like listening to a classroom discussion, While students with a strong background in mathematics might want to find a more laconic exposition, it is hard to imagine a better text for those without such an advantage. (Arup Daripa, lecturer in economics, Birkbeck, University of London )

Instructors of introductory undergraduate courses often face a trade-off between going over each step so that all students can keep up and ensuring adequate breadth of coverage across topics. In explaining each step thoroughly, this book should ease the problem and will surely feature as a principal text for introductory undergraduate mathematics courses in economics department across the world. (Arup Daripa, lecturer in economics, Birkbeck, University of London )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By demola on 28 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
This is far and away the best entry-level mathematical economics book I've seen. Renshaw is a master at patiently explaining math concepts and building up knowledge brick by brick so you never feel left behind. This is an important achievement that many so called entry-level texts fail at. Renshaw's patient exposition might be tendentious for those with better maths skills and they should try something else. There are worked examples throughout the text but nowhere near enough to practice for an exam. Understandably including hundreds of exercises would make the book more expensive and would have produced a tome that could put many off. I can recommend the excellent Schaum series if you're looking for exercises and used in conjunction with Renshaw's book should provide a solid grounding in mathematical techniques for the social sciences. After this book (and another with exercises that you've practiced) you should be ready for the next level of difficulty. Maths for Economics takes you to that point.

A book that does what it says on the tin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Makari on 24 Aug 2007
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If you were like me and struggling to understand the concepts because nobody had explained the foundations, here is the book to help you through. Its clear, precise and allows one to gradually build up your knowledge as you work through the textbook, every detail is explained. I looked at all other mathematics for economics texts and this in my opinion was the best (2006).
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penguinus on 4 Sep 2009
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This is a good book as one would expect from a book published by OUP. But, to me, it's more econ oriented than any of the standard 'maths for economics' textbooks. However, this might be desirable for many of those who look for a good textbook. There're better books out there, though
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Badamash on 19 Feb 2009
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This book is very poor when it comes to the more difficult stages of the syllabus. I checked the contents before i bought the book and it had everything in my syllabus however alot of the things that were in the boook were very brief. Furthermore the examples used in the book are all very similar as in there arent many varities of questions that could be asked in an exam... This book is quite poor to be honest especially for a type of book that is very hard to find as there arent many in the market for an economics maths module.

I would not recommend this book
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H D. Waters on 6 Jan 2008
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I have not practiced maths since GCSE and now found myself heavily involved in the subject for my economics degree. I used this book as a revision book prior to exams and found it largely disappointed. I cannot fault the explanations; although pages are very packed and contained exorbitant amount of words and not so many diagrams, they were precise and easy to understand. But the praise stops there. For a chapter on linear equations there were 4 practice exercises which was no where near enough. These exercises were also completely alien to the explanations and examples found before them. In that specific chapter i found many mistakes including mistakes in the answers given at the back of the book which can be very annoying. Avoid this book until a revised edition comes out.
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