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Fills in some crucial gaps, for sure
on 23 June 2007
So you've done an undergraduate degree course in maths. So you want to take it further. But all the books you can find either go at light speed or are written like koans.
Not this one - goes for some really heavy and contemporary maths and does it completely accessibly. I never thought I'd be studying hypergeometric functions this side of 90 - but here they are in all their glory.
Yes it's tough, goodness it's tough, but nowhere near as tough as I'd expected it to be for the concepts being covered.
Oh, and it covers the Stern-Brocot tree which I thought I'd invented, took it to my Number Theory tutor and she'd (a) never heard of it and (b) didn't believe it. They take a handful of pages over it, and that's it, done and dusted.
*This* is the way to write a maths book.