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3.0 out of 5 stars Slight annoyance, 14 Mar 2013
This review is from: Introduction to Metric and Topological Spaces (Oxford Mathematics) (Paperback)
I really want to love this book. The presentation is clear and this book contains a lot of worked examples. Unfortunately the author/publisher has decided to omit some proofs and directs the reader to consult their website for the proofs. Also, the chapter on metric spaces introduces metrics with subscripts, again the reader is asked to look at their website for an explanation on the notation. If you are well versed with notation, then great but if not, it means you need to stop, go online and find the meaning. I find this weird. Instead of printing a sentence in the book to direct the reader to their website, they could just as easily have printed an explanation in that space. Also, why omit proofs? Anyone reading/studying topology should be more than comfortable with proofs, and having a reference at hand is much more convenient than having to pause and look/check the proof on the website. It is just silly really. Other than the constant reference to the website for more information, the book serves as a very handy tool for concepts.
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2014 13:39:08 BDT
S. Powell says:
I think this is a slightly unfair review. The omission of some proofs is inevitable in any serious math textbook, and the review implies that proofs are omitted entirely! This is very far from the truth. The website itself is actually a good source of material and even offers solution hints and extensions. Would that all website companions do as much.
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