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A Course of Pure Mathematics (Cambridge Mathematical Library) Paperback – June 25, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0521092272 ISBN-10: 0521092272 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Mathematical Library
  • Paperback: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 10th edition (June 25, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521092272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521092272
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,193,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since its publication in 1908, this textbook has become a classic work for successive generations of student mathematicians to refer to for the fundamental ideas of differential and integral calculus, the properties of infinite series, as well as other topics involving the notion of limit.

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What I appreciate most is the clarity and simplicity of the proofs.
James M. Cargal
In a word, the hallmark of this book is "style", and Hardy must be the original style guru as far as Pure Mathematics goes.
"jayjina"
If you want the latest edition then you should buy the one published by Cambridge University Press.
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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful By paramanands on June 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is simply beyond any rating whatsoever. Giving 5 stars is to undermine the value of this classic.
The first time I got this book, I was neither aware of it not of its author. I just picked it up randomly from school library. From the contents I figured it was a book on calculus. I immediately searched for the proof that "every continuous function is integrable." This was the first book I encountered which had a rigorous proof of this.
Then I began reading the chapters sequentially thinking that this seems to be a good book on calculus. The book went much beyond my expectation and it satisfied all my mathematical curiousities. All the mysteries of calculus were revelaed. Hardy demystified calculus in the first chapter itself by creating reals out ot rationals.
The Dedekind's construction of reals as presented in this book is the best I have seen. The properties of reals were not stated as axioms (common approach in books on analysis) but rather deduced from those of rationals.
The concepts of functions, limits, continuity, derivative etc. were explained in a prosaic style which has no parallel. This was also my first book on maths which had far more english words than mathematical symbols.
After finishing the entire book I was wondering who was this guy G. H. Hardy who has written such a masterpiece.
Only a few months later I came to know that he was one of the greatest British mathematicians of the century and was responsible for making our Indian Ramanujan famous. After that I read most of his books including "A Mathematician's Apology" and "An Introduction to Theory of Numbers"
Any persons who thinks maths is dull should just read few pages from this book and I bet his old beliefs would be shattered.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Hans U. Widmaier on February 18, 2000
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This book is a classic, and deservedly so. It is comprehensive but not overloaded (like so many modern textbooks), crystal clear, well organized, rigorous. A wonderful text for teaching yourself higher math, which is how I am using it. But there is something beyond its didactic effectiveness that makes Hardy's work a must-have for anyone interested in math: This is a truly beautiful book, and working through it, while by no means easy, is an intellectual and aesthetic delight of the first order. Hardy is a genuinely elegant, subtle, incisive thinker, and his unbounded enthusiasm for his subject, duly controlled by British understatement, shines through every page. He conveys the irresistible, almost addictive quality of math.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By James M. Cargal on July 1, 2000
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This book may be a little quaint. The terminology is a little out of date, e.g. "sequences" are "functions of a positive integral variable." It is marked by great organization and copious examples. What I appreciate most is the clarity and simplicity of the proofs. This is a great book for any serious student of real analysis prior to the Lebesque integral.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1998
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We didn't know who Hardy was... I learned much later the great mathematician (and type) he was. This book is an introduction to calculus written by this great master. The treatment is very rigorous and the reading is pleasant because everything is clearly written and motivated. When I started I was good at college algebra but didn't have any idea of what a derivative is. Hardy taught me from these basic things up to uniform convergence, etc, in a remote island in southern Brazil. Well, I had Courant too, but this I found, at that time, rather difficult. Thousands of mathematicians started with Hardy. It would be a good thing for you to do it too.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By George Fischer on March 14, 2008
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This edition (Rough Draft Printing, (October 5, 2007), # ISBN-10: 1603860495
# ISBN-13: 978-1603860499) is not the 3rd edition of the text. It is a copy of the first edition, which has entered the public domain. There is no indication of this on the product description page. If you want the final edition that Hardy revised, look elsewhere.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "jayjina" on December 31, 2002
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G H Hardy's book is the pioneer in the field of introducing the formal and rigorous principles of Mathematical Analysis. By Hardy's own admission, the book sprang from the void that existed prior to its publication in 1907.
In a word, the hallmark of this book is "style", and Hardy must be the original style guru as far as Pure Mathematics goes.
The book covers all the essential elements one would expect to see in an introductory course in the subject, namely the notion of a limit and its application to sequences, series, a comprehensive yet elementary exposition of convergence and its use in the definition of functions, differentiation and integration. All of the main theorems of the calculus of the real variable are covered. The latter chapters address the general theory of logarithmic, exponential and circular functions.
Despite the glut of books on the subject of Real Analysis that are on the market, and there are some VERY GOOD ones, this is the classic text that every serious student of Pure Mathematics should begin with. Texts with more general coverage of real analysis such as Tom Apostol's Mathematical Analysis can follow thereafter.
This book is nearly 100 years old. You can bet that it will still be around 100 years from now!
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