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sound accumulation of early degree math syllabus
on 20 May 2010
This book is a 'Dover' paperback which, if your have not bought from this publisher before, they tend to re-publish math books previously sold from around the world. Their budget-priced books tend to be in b&w and graphs in grayscale.
What stands out the most is the VERY attractive, organised exploration of linked math topics from the earliest chapters and throughout the book. Its clear the author encourages some theoretical issues before 'labouring' with calculations.
For example, i am attracted at the quick and early linking between 'Sets', 'Functions', 'Group Theory' and (MOD), and 'axiom' mathematics.The reason being if you are up to understanding these connections with the first three areas, then the way the axiom stuff is handled gives a VERY clear way in answering many math problems that are a model for throughout your future studies! The other linear algebraic stuff is (i.m.h.o) less attractive - compaired to other authors - but still well-worth the effort to digest it.
To me, the areas that seemed rather difficult and laboured being the 'Topology' aress. But i can say that the many graphs give a 'gut-feeling' of the topic. The graphs did help and i read the whole book over a long week-end.
This book has a very pleasent and stimulating style in its explanations, that will be of use for whatever math studies you may continue to follow.