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 Solutions to Exercises in Math Textbooks October 11, 2017
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Author Interview: Jennifer Schultens
Jennifer Schultens is Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Davis. Her book Introduction to 3Manifolds guides beginning graduate students through the foundations of lowdimensional topology to specialized topics such as triangulations of 3manifolds, normal surface theory and Heegaard splittings. … Continue reading
Author Interview: Hossein Giv
Hossein Hosseini Giv is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sistan and Baluchestan in Zahedan, Iran. The AMS Bookstore’s description of his book Mathematical Analysis and its Inherent Nature begins, “Mathematical analysis is often referred to as … Continue reading
Open Math Notes: the Road in Between
What process of writing works for you? There are two opposite approaches to writing, which I associate with Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen, and the AMS is now providing a third with the help of its new website Open Math … Continue reading
Author Interview: Dale Rolfsen
Dale Rolfsen is an expert in lowdimensional topology and knot theory, and is coauthor of the AMS books Ordering Braids (with Dehornoy, Dynnikov and Wiest), and Ordered Groups and Topology (with Clay). His seminal work Knots and Links helped to popularize … Continue reading
Author Interview: Richard Evan Schwartz
Richard Evan Schwartz has written math books for a range of audiences: for university students, researchers, and several for children. His distinctive approach brings a touch of childlike freedom to his highlevel research monographs, and mathematical depth to his whimsical … Continue reading
Author Interview: Tamara Lakins
This is the first in a series of author interviews. Enjoy! Suggestions for further mathematics author interviews can be made via the comments or email to exh@ams.org. The Tools of Mathematical Reasoning by Tamara Lakins was published in the AMS … Continue reading
Math books for children
In this post we ask: what makes a good math book for children? Is it more important that a child be left with knowledge that they can understand and retain, or a new awareness that keeps them thinking and wondering? … Continue reading
Math books with longevity
What gives a math book (textbook or otherwise) longevity? Is there more to a book than just a record of current knowledge, or an aid and reference for a class? Some books continue to be read and reread, and used … Continue reading
Why Books?
The purpose of this blog is to start a conversation about math books. What makes a math book useful, important, timely, a pleasure to read? How do books influence and shape mathematics? How does/should evolving technology change how we access … Continue reading