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Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mathematics: The Mathematical Society of Japan (2 Vol. Set) 2nd Edition
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Equipped with a detailed and extensive system of indexes, the EDM makes its myriad resources readily available even to the befuddled; the vaguest, most dimly remembered hint is generally enough to track down a topic or result quickly and easily. Each entry, too, offers its own references to the mathematical literature -- and these invariably include the seminal contributions to the particular area under discussion. But it is important to note that the EDM was written by the Japanese, for the Japanese: many of its references direct the reader to (untranslated, Japanese-language) works in (often inaccessible) Japanese mathematics journals.
It is likewise only fair to point out that the EDM is a tool for serious research mathematicians. To keep its component articles brief, it makes full, unapologetic use of a wide variety of notational and expositional economies.Read more ›
If you are a mathematician, or if mathematics is central to what you do, you will likely appreciate this collection as it contains wonderfully concise yet informative and authoritative entries on nearly every branch of modern mathematics. Need to refresh your memory on Radon-Nikodym derivatives and their properties? No problem. Are you up on Grassman algebras? If not, you can look it up in EDM2. Interested in game theory? It's in there. What about semi groups, elliptic integrals, perturbation theory, lattice theory, Hilbert spaces, projective geometry, integral geometry, measure theory, geometrical optics, and non-standard analysis? All there!
But simply listing the topics covered in EDM2 will not give you an adequate picture of its utility. What is amazing about the book is how much information it can pack into very few pages, yet manage to keep the discussion quite readable. Don't get me wrong; it doesn't read like a Stephen King novel (nor would you want it to). But the entries are self-contained and cogent enough that you can actually learn a good bit about topics that are totally new to you. Of course, you will want to avail yourself of the many cited references to gain a more complete understanding of any given topic, but you will be well on your way to getting acquainted with fundamental definitions and techniques of a hitherto unfamiliar branch of mathematics.Read more ›
I saw this dictionary for the first time in my Polythecnic Institute's library (Mexico City). I think every math library should own its.
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I am majoring in mathematics, and thus needed to search out a good reference book that covers most everything. Well, this is it, and I looked at all of them. Read morePublished on April 21, 2006 by A. mcpherson
EDM2 is exceptional for the uniformly high quality of the writing. Each major field of mathematics is divided into subfields and treated in essay format. Read morePublished on October 27, 2005 by Nathan Oakes
This Encyclopedic Dictionary exemplifies all the beauty that one can find in mathematics.I recomend it for anyone who wishes to improve his or her knowledge on group theory,... Read morePublished on September 15, 1999