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October 4th, 2010, 05:51 AM   #1
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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 pre-requisite though) that also would be very much appreciated.

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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 Pre-algebra 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!

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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
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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.
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Those are some pretty advanced books... I wouldn't recommend them to the OP, at least not for a good number of years.
Seconded... I'm not sure if I would recommend them to myself.

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.
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I actually find most introductory discrete math books unsatisfying... I've posted about this elsewhere on the forum.
I never took a class like that myself, so I have no opinion. But I agree, in principle, that it's a good way to get into advanced math.
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