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October 4th, 2010, 05:51 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2010 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Good books to start with Maths?
Dear all, I didn't study much Maths in my life, but I want to remediate this situation now. I'd like pointers to books to get started with Maths to build the ground for more advanced stuff. Besides the simple four operations, and few concepts like Square root, power of, etc I am totally lost when it comes to concepts such as equations, graphs, algebra, geometry, etc. I'd like a book (or more than one) that would explain in great details all the above concepts and which would prepare the ground for more advanced stuff. I'm not stupid but I tend to prefer books with clear explanations on why things happened in a certain way and with exercises and solutions. Let's imagine that this was a 10 years old boy asking for it. If you could point any books on Amazon Kindle (not a prerequisite though) that also would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Regards, Marco 
October 8th, 2010, 02:01 PM  #2 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2010 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Re: Good books to start with Maths?
Hello Marco! I can really recommand the For dummies math work book series. I am studying math now as an adult, but I started from scratch as well I bought the Basic math and Prealgebra Workbook, and it was really for dummies! very thorough and detailed, and although its very basic at the beginning, it teaches the basics. How do dissolve parantheses, how to work with negative numbers, simple equations, how to divide and multiply big numbers without a calculator, the Pythagoras formula, etc. I bought both the main book, and the workbook, however I quickly found out I only needed the workbook, as it teaches the basics too. The For dummies series also have workbooks for geometry, trig, algebra etc, so you can move onto those as well. I don't know if they is available on Kindle, but even so, its actually best to work in the books. So get your pencil and eraser out! Good luck! Marthe 
October 12th, 2010, 11:56 AM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2010 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Re: Good books to start with Maths?
I recommend to start with this book set: http://reslib.com/book/13655  Lang S. Algebra http://reslib.com/book/90  Rudin Principles of Mathematical Analysis http://reslib.com/book/306  Berger A panoramic View of Riemannian Geometry 
October 12th, 2010, 02:50 PM  #4 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Good books to start with Maths?
Those are some pretty advanced books... I wouldn't recommend them to the OP, at least not for a good number of years.

October 13th, 2010, 05:31 PM  #5  
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2007 From: Chicago Posts: 1,701 Thanks: 3  Re: Good books to start with Maths? Quote:
I would say any introduction to discrete math would be a good place to get into more "advanced" math*... as for (re?)learning algebra, I'm really not sure. *I actually find most introductory discrete math books unsatisfying... I've posted about this elsewhere on the forum.  
October 14th, 2010, 10:12 AM  #6  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Good books to start with Maths? Quote:
 

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