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Great book, 8 Dec. 2012
Very clear and easy to follow although as the title suggests it doesn't go into great detail. I definitely recommend it, especially if you're new to English history.









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Great book, 11 May 2011
This book gives the best exposition of the prime number theorem of any book I've come across. It's also a great introduction to analytic number theory in general.









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Fantastic book, 18 Sept. 2010
This book is one of the best popular mathematics books I have yet come across. There's a wealth of historical information plus some basic mathematics for those without a mathematical background. The great thing about it is that the historical chapters and mathematical chapters alternate so if you wanted, you could skip the mathematical sections (which are very basic) and the flow of the historical narrative would be unaffected.









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Great book, 16 Aug. 2010
This is one of the best history books I have ever read. It's very balanced and describes the characters on both sides of the war. Plus, there's lots of great pictures and maps.









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Great book, 1 Jun. 2010
This is one of the best books I've read about mathematics. It serves as a good history of algebra and a prelude to Galois theory. I read it before I did a course on Galois theory and knowing the history behind it definitely enhanced my experience of it. Anyone can enjoy this book no matter what their level and I'd also recommend Mario Livio's other book on the Golden Ratio.









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Galois Theory, 1 Jun. 2010
This is a good book but it could have been much better. There are quite a few mistakes but most are not that confusing. The main problem is that a lot of the explanations are not as detailed as I would have liked (Maybe I'm just thick). This book is best for those who don't know much abstract algebra since most of the book deals with polynomials over the complex numbers rather than a general ring. This makes some of the proofs much messier than necessary. I recommend getting the Second Edition instead since it starts straight away with general rings and also has a few solutions in the back unlike the third edition.









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Terrible book, 25 Feb. 2010
This is one of the worst basic real analysis books I've ever read. There are many books available on this subject and almost any would be better than this. The layout is horrendous which makes a simple subject much more confusing than it should be. The only good thing about it is that there are solutions to the problems in the back which are very detailed which is good for the beginner.

