BOOKS

MATHEMATICS

1.

Pei-Chu Hu

Distribution Theory of Algebraic Numbers

The book timely surveys new research results and related developments in Diophantine approximation, a division of number theory which deals with the approximation of real numbers by rational numbers. The book is appended with a list of challenging open problems and a comprehensive list of references. From the contents: Field extensions Algebraic numbers Algebraic geometry Height functions The abc-conjecture Roth’s theorem Subspace theorems Vojta’s conjectures L-functions.

2.

Charles Bradfield Morrey Jr.

Multiple Integrals in the Calculus of Variations

The book contains a wealth of material essential to the researcher concerned with multiple integral variational problems and with elliptic partial differential equations. The book not only reports the researches of the author but also the contributions of his contemporaries in the same and related fields. The book undoubtedly will become a standard reference for researchers in these areas. …The book is addressed mainly to mature mathematical analysts. However, any student of analysis will be greatly rewarded by a careful study of this book.

3.

Daniel Norman, Dan Wolczuk

Introduction to Linear Algebra for Science and Engineering, 2nd edition (Student Value Edition)

Norman/Wolczuk’s An Introduction to Linear Algebra for Science and Engineering has been widely respected for its unique approach, which helps students understand and apply theory and concepts by combining theory with computations and slowly bringing students to the difficult abstract concepts. This approach includes an early treatment of vector spaces and complex topics in a simpler, geometric context. An Introduction to Linear Algebra for Science and Engineering promotes advanced thinking and understanding by encouraging students to make connections between previously learned and new concepts and demonstrates the importance of each topic through applications.

4.

O. Schreier, E. Sperner,

Introduction to Modern Algebra and Matrix Theory, 2nd edition (Dover Books on Mathematics)

This unique text provides students with a basic course in both calculus and analytic geometry – no competitive editions cover both topics in a single volume. Its prerequisites are minimal, and the order of its presentation promotes an intuitive approach to calculus. Algebraic concepts receive an unusually strong emphasis. Numerous exercises appear throughout the text.

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B. de Spinoza

Spinoza’s Algebraic Calculation of the Rainbow & Calculation of Chances

A. THE TEXT The main importance of these two treatises lies in the insight they provide into Spinoza’s conception of the relation between mathematics and certain disciplines not touched upon elsewhere in his major writings. The mathematics they involve are not the as those of the Ethics however, and the precise connection same between the geometrical order of this work and these excursions into optics and probability is by no means obvious. Add to this difficulty the knotty problems presented by their editorial his- tory, dating and scientific background, and it is not perhaps surprising that in spite of the fact that they provide such an excellent illustration of Spinoza’s reaction to certain important developments in the history of physics and mathematics, they should not, so far, have attracted much attention. They were first published in 1687 by Levyn van Dyck (d. 1695), official printer to the town council in The Hague. Printing anything by Spinoza was not without its risks, and it is probably significant that during the same year van Dyck should also have published a lengthy and elaborate refutation of Spinozism by 1 the pious and eccentric physician ]. F. Helvetius. Spinoza’s name was omitted from the title-page, possibly because the editor or publisher thought that his reputation as an atheist might prejudice the sale of the booklet, and it was not until 1860 that the Amsterdam bookseller Frederik Muller (1817-1881) identified him as its author.