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February 23rd, 2012, 10:37 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2012 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Looking for a more rigorous text
I have a pretty solid understanding of math but the courses I've taken skipped over "trivial" things like proofs of trig identities, pythagorean theorem, etc. I can't help but feel like there is a deeper understanding I am missing, even as early as elementary algebra, but I'd like to avoid rereading lessons clearly molded for 10 year olds. Does anyone have some good texts to recommend?

February 23rd, 2012, 10:48 PM  #2 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2012 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Re: Looking for a more rigorous text
I've found a recommendation for Serge Lang's "Basic Mathematics" so I might start there unless there are other recommendations.

February 28th, 2012, 08:07 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Aug 2010 Posts: 195 Thanks: 5  Re: Looking for a more rigorous text
Since you have already found my recommendation for people in your situation, there is not much more to say. It is worth noting that this is a good recommendation only if you are comfortable with basic algebraic manipulations, as Lang's angle is more to discuss the ideas behind the mathematics than to introduce the math you should be able to do on a daily basis.


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