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Sets, Functions, and Logic: An Introduction to Abstract Mathematics, Third Edition (Chapman Hall/CRC Mathematics Series) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1584884491
ISBN-10: 1584884495
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The book is written in a language both accessible and attractive to students. The author succeeds in not falling into the trap of a sort of 'mathematical baby talk' to meet his goals. … Students crossing the bridge from calculus to higher mathematics will find the book very helpful. But it is also very helpful to academics in other areas who want to have access to mathematical publications relevant to their fields, but need to become familiar with the notations and language currently used by research mathematicians.
- Zentralblatt MATH, 1048
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Product Details

  • Series: Chapman Hall/CRC Mathematics Series
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 3 edition (November 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584884495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584884491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this text book for an introductory math course in college. As I looked through it, I noticed its simplicity. Sure, it takes you through "truth tables," set theory, group theory, inequalities, basic proofs, etc.- but it doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of exercises (and solutions), just a few problems at the end of each section. What IS nice, however, is that Delvin takes the time to type up a little commentary on each discrete math principle, and even types up a short history of how abstract math evolved.

So is it worth it? Not really, in my opinion. You should expect more for a textbook costing $55+.

Personally, I prefer the book "How to Prove It" by Daniel Velleman, as it is not only less expensive, but much more thorough in teaching someone about discrete and abstract mathematics. It's abundant with more explanations, examples, exercises, and solutions. Here's what I'm talking about: How to Prove It: A Structured Approach

Check that out. It might be more worth your time. As for my copy of "Sets, Functions, and Logic," I'm probably going to sell it in the near future. It's just not that valuable to my math library.
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Keith Devlin's book is an excellent introduction to proofs, an important part of one's mathematics education, which is missing in the US educational system at high school level. The problems left to solve by the reader are without solutions, hints or answers, which is author's intention, but is somewhat controversial. I think that, at least, hints should be provided for the more difficult problems.
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Format: Hardcover
Seems pretty darn expensive for only 160 pages. That comes out to over $0.30/page! I like Devlin's popular mathematics books but this one doesn't justify that kind of money.
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