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1. The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-22)
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2. A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Eighth Edition
by Rick Billstein, Shlomo Libeskind, Johnny W. Lott
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-03)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Future Teachers
This textbook is easy to read and follow. The explanations of mathematics, how to teach young children to use strategies, and examples of worksheets make this a great resource for future Elementary school teachers. ... Read more

3. Mathematical Ideas, 10th Edition
by Charles D. Miller, Vern E. Heeren, John Hornsby
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3-0 out of 5 stars its a math book
not gonna do back flips for a math book

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasently Surprised
I am a college student and the math book that was at the bookstore was $100.00. I went onto and found the same book in new condition (looked like)for $56.00. I was kind of weary about ordering on-line for the first time but was pleasently surprised. This was a great first experience and plan on ording all my books through

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun mathematical Ideas
"Ideas" is the key here as we have calculators, computers, and what not to do any real number crunching or comparing. This book carries you from zero to the edges of most any mathematical discipline. The information in the margins ties the theories back to reality. At the appropriate locations in the margin are postage stamps from around the works are shown commemorating the individual mathematicians and scientists relating to the subject being studied. There is a section in the book with the answers to all the odd questions.

2-0 out of 5 stars adequate for it's intended use
This book would have been much more useful had it had done a better job of providing clear examples when introducing new material. One advantage of this book was that it could be used for more than one math class, thus cutting down of the student's costs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Foundational Text
I have the fifth edition of the text, which is now in its eight edition. This is an excellent book, and it is very entertaining to read--a description that does not fit many mathematics textbooks. Although geared for students without much math background, it is an enjoyable read for all, with its engaging sidebars, its sense of the history, and believe it or not, a sense of humor (for instance, a problem requiring you to create a Venn diagram for the topics of country songs--truckers, prison and love). A a philosopher, it is refreshing that the first 100 pages are devoted to set theory and logic--something that is not focused on often enough in basic courses. Most topics are likewise presented with a philosophical angle--for example, the first page points out the problems with defining "set." Utlimately, all definitions of set are circular--does this make "set" undisputably axiomatic? These kinds of problems are at least implied throughout the text. The effect is as deligtful as it is rare. You are not given the sense that the subject matter is complete, instead you are inspired to solve the dilemmas. While the incompleteness and conundrums are common knowledge to mathematics graduate students, they are not frequently imparted to students taking basic courses. That is a shame. When I was in high school, I felt turned off from math--as did many of my friends, because it was presented as a dry, static subject. Memorizing formulas and theorems was like memorizing the Gettysburg Address. Mathematical Ideas does the opposite--it shows an open door for creative problem solving and makes you hungry to explore. ... Read more

4. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Contemporary Approach, Sixth Edition
by Gary L.Musser, William F.Burger, Blake E.Peterson
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-21)
Publisher: Wiley
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All the essential mathematics teachers need for teaching at the elementary and middle school levels! This best seller features rich problem-solving strategies, relevant topics, and extensive opportunities for hands-on experience. The coverage in the book moves from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract, reflecting the way math is generally taught in elementary classrooms.

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, Student Resource Handbook

This invaluable resource handbook is designed to improve student learning and provide models for effective classroom practices. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD MATH BOOK!!!!!!
So often, math textbooks are beyond anyone's comprehension. Here is one book that has changed all that! There are plenty of examples and explains the reasons and theories as to why a certain math topic is solved the way it is. It also shows different ways one could solve problems!

This 6th edition doesn't have much difference from the 5th except for more on Statistics and Probability. ... Read more

5. A Survey of Mathematics with Applications (6th Edition)
by Allen R. Angel, Stuart R. Porter
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Catlog: Book (2000-08-02)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The sixth edition of this best-selling text balances solid mathematical coverage with a comprehensive overview of mathematical ideas as they relate to varied disciplines. This book provides an appreciation of mathematics, highlighting mathematical history, applications of mathematics to the arts and sciences across cultures, and introduces students to the uses of technology in mathematics.Exercise sets are now organized into Concept/Writing, Practice the Skills, Problem Solving, Challenge Problems/Group Activities, Research Activities. An updated Consumer Math section including updated material on sources of credit and mutual funds.Motivational, chapter-opening material demonstrates connections between math and various other disciplines.KEY MARKET For those who require a general overview of mathematics, especially in the fields of elementary education, the social sciences, business, nursing and allied health fields. ... Read more

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I have been teaching out of Angel & Porter for the last three years. It has quite a few good examples, though I agree with the first reviewer's comment that it does need more challenging problems.

Among the topics I have covered are: inductive reasoning, set concepts, symbolic logic, truth tables, algebra, applied geometry, probability, statistics, and mathematics of finance. Though the examples are laid out fairly well for those who are mathematically inclined, the teacher who happens to have quite a few students with weak mathematical skills is often finding himself or herself in situations of having to create ways to become an effective expositor of mathematical theorems and applications. In other words, by trying to explain what the authors are providing in their examples, the instructor is frequently shouldering the added burden of making this book come to life not only from a mathematical perspective but also from a communicative standpoint.

On a positive note, however, there are several excellent applications, and the range of topics is quite broad. Oftentimes there is a gap between the level of advanced high school mathematics and that of a four-year university that is so serious that even a student who performed A's in high school will struggle in the type of college math course he or she is placed in. Fortunately, Angel and Porter have been able to fill in quite a few of the missing pieces.

1-0 out of 5 stars Idiots
I taught from an earlier edition of this book at Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Indiana while working on a PhD at Indiana University. Ivy Tech had already selected this text. Too bad. While that was around 1994, I can still recall a number of FACTUAL ERRORS. I had to tell my students that the text was wrong. Among the errors: The clear implication (though not explicitly stated) that the algebraic numbers included all the reals - that is they didn't even seem to be aquainted with the transedentals; there was another error regarding conditional probabilities... I can't recall exactly, but I can remember showing the errors to fellow doctoral students (now at UN, Reno and UC, Davis) for a good laugh. What were the reviewers doing? I guess they're a bunch of incompetents as well. To the publisher: Have some real mathematicians review math books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Could use some more problems
This book does the job of teaching some mathematics to those with liberal-arts majors. However, over at Wayne State, we are constantly bemoaning the lack of extra problems for students to practice what they have learned (especially in light of the fact that we cover only half of the chapters of this book in a single one semester course). This is especially apparent with the probability and statistics chapters. Overall I can see this text being a commendable effort on the part of Angel and Porter to bring mathematics to those who would normally shun it. ... Read more

6. Excursions in Modern Mathematics, Fifth Edition
by Peter Tannenbaum
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-21)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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/*0019N-8, 0-13-100191-4, Tannenbaum, Peter, Arnold, Robert, Excursions In Modern Mathematics, 3/E*/ This collection of “excursions” into modern mathematics is written in an informal, very readable style, with features that make the material interesting, clear, and easy-to-learn. It centers on an assortment of real-world examples and applications, demonstrating attractive, useful, and modern coverage of liberal arts mathematics. The book consists of four independent parts, each consisting of four chapters—1) Social Choice, 2) Management Science, 3) Growth and Symmetry, and 4) Statistics. For the study of mathematics. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Textbook
I teach a university course based on this textbook and I really like it. It is full of mathematics that students can apply readily to everyday situations, without being heavily computational. The problem sets are relevant to the chapter text. Also, the problem sets are divided into three categories ("walking", "jogging", and "running") based on the level of thought that must go into them. The four chapters on statistics and probability are not quite what I'd like them to be, because in my opinion they cover too much statistical ground in hardly any depth. They would be better if they just did some basic statistics and didn't try to get students at this level into normal curves and standard deviations and all that. My students are particularly fond of the graph theory unit (chapters 5-8). In fact, their only complaint of the book so far is the high price. ... Read more

7. Finite Mathematics (7th Edition)
by Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, Nathan P. Ritchey
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-12)
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8. Basic College Mathematics (4th Edition)
by John Tobey, Jeffrey Slater
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-23)
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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This clear, accessible treatment of mathematics features abuilding-block approach toward problem solving, realistic and diverse applications, and chapter organizer to help users focus their study and become effective and confident problem solvers. The Putting Your Skills to Work and new chapter-end feature, Math in the Media, present readers with opportunities to utilize critical thinking skills, analyze and interpret data, and problem solve using applied situations encountered in daily life.Chapter 7, Geometry, has been extensively revised and re-organized to include a new section 7.1 on angles and new section 7.4 devoted to triangles. Increased coverage of estimating with fractions anddecimals with new “To Think About” exercises in Sections 2.5, 2.8, and 3.3 and a new lesson in Section 3.7. Coverage of fractions in Chapter 2 has been expanded as follows: Section 2.6 now begins with a discussion of least common multiples so that the subsequent coverage of least common denominators is more complete; a new lesson on order of operations in Section 2.8 offers readers additional review of these rules and practice applyingthem to fractions; and a new mid-chapter test on fractions appears after Section 2.5. Percent applications are now covered in two sections (Sections 5.4 and 5.5) to allow for a more patient presentation of this important topic. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Just the basics
The text 'Basic College Mathematics' is used at the college where I tutor in mathematics as the foundational course for mathematics in all programmes. While many students test out of this level into algebraic topics, for those students whose mathematics is decades old, or was never perfect in the beginning, this book offers a fairly clear and systematic approach to mathematics topics.

The chapters cover the broad topics in this order: Whole Numbers, including the basic arithmetical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), was well as basics of exponents and rounding; Fractions, including the basic arithmetical functions as well as beginning to deal with mixed numbers and order of operations; Decimals, including the basic arithmetical functions as well as continuing with order of operations and decimal/fraction conversions; Ratio and proportion ideas; Percentages theoretical and applied; Basic Measurements and conversions of units between British/American units and metric standards; Geometry at the most basic level of shapes and arithmetical formulas dealing with those shapes for area, perimeter, etc.; Statistics at a very elementary level, such as reading charts and graphs, histograms, and the three concepts of mean, median and mode; Signed and special numbers, including the negative numbers, as well as scientific notation; and finally a brief introduction to Algebra, which introduces the basic concepts of variables, like terms, and equations.

Each of the chapters deals with things in a mathematical as well as an 'English' way - explaining in words the concepts and operations being carried out in the numbers. Each section of each chapter covers only a few key concepts, with enough problems for solving that reinforce the principles thoroughly. Each section also as word problems (story problems) to test the real-world applicability of the numerical/mathematical concepts being presented, so when students ask (as they always do and shall), 'When am I ever going to use this?' there are examples drawn from typical situations.

Tobey and Slater have also worked to make various connections with geometry, graphs and charts, tables, as well as internet resources to provide the most up-to-date and useful text. There are specific problems along the way that assume the use of calculators (as most of real-life mathematics now involves calculators).

The book's design is interesting from a graphic-design standpoint, but from the standpoint of clarity to the students, the pages are a bit 'busy'. While I appreciate the need to reduce the number of pages in an effort to keep the costs down (text-book prices are typically higher than popular-book prices, and this text is no exception), more white space on the pages would probably help the accessibility and make it a little less intimidating.

This book serves as a good foundation for students to proceed at our college forward into Beginning Algebra (another book by Tobey and Slater on this topic is used for the next-level course), and then further into Intermediate Algebra and beyond.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
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5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up For This Book!
This book offers great examples which clearly illustrate how to work out a problem from the beginning to the end. I was very impressed with this book and wished that I had this book when I was in high school. I found it to be a wonderful book with good examples. I was especially impressed with the chapter organizer at the end of each chapter. I routinely would copy these to and use these to study before a test. I have maintained an A average in that class the entire time. For anyone having trouble with basic math.... get this book! You will be glad you did.

3-0 out of 5 stars Basic Mathematics
Basic Mathematics is an informative textbook teaching the basics of mathematics. It has good examples and easy to understand explantations of fomulas. I would recommend this text as a refresher before jumping into a more complex subject. ... Read more

9. Bayesian Data Analysis, Second Edition
by Andrew Gelman, John B. Carlin, Hal S. Stern, Donald B. Rubin
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-29)
Publisher: Chapman & Hall/CRC
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Incorporating new and updated information, this second edition of THE bestselling text in Bayesian data analysis continues to emphasize practice over theory, describing how to conceptualize, perform, and critique statistical analyses from a Bayesian perspective. Its world-class authors provide guidance on all aspects of Bayesian data analysis and include examples of real statistical analyses, based on their own research, that demonstrate how to solve complicated problems. Changes in the new edition include: ·Stronger focus on MCMC·Revision of the computational advice in Part III·New chapters on nonlinear models and decision analysis·Several additional applied examples from the authors' recent research·Additional chapters on current models for Bayesian data analysis such as nonlinear models, generalized linear mixed models, and more·Reorganization of chapters 6 and 7 on model checking and data collectionBayesian computation is currently at a stage where there are many reasonable ways to compute any given posterior distribution. However, the best approach is not always clear ahead of time. Reflecting this, the new edition offers a more pluralistic presentation, giving advice on performing computations from many perspectives while making clear the importance of being aware that there are different ways to implement any given iterative simulation computation. The new approach, additional examples, and updated information make Bayesian Data Analysis an excellent introductory text and a reference that working scientists will use throughout their professional life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Likely the best survey book on applied Bayesian theory

This book was the textbook used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the graduate course in Bayesian Decision and Control I during the fall of 2001 and 2002. It strikes a good balance between theory and practical example, making it ideal for a first course in Bayesian theory at an intermediate-advanced graduate level. Its emphasis is on Bayesian modeling and to some degree computation.


While no Bayesian theory is assumed, it is assumed that the reader has a background in mathematical statistics, probability and continuous multi-variate distributions at a beginning or intermediate graduate level. The mathematics used in the book is basic probability and statistics, elementary calculus and linear algebra.

Intended audience

This book is primarily for graduate students, statisticians and applied researchers who wish to learn Bayesian methods as opposed to the more classical frequentist methods.

Material covered

It covers the fundamentals starting from first principles, single-parameter models, multi-parameter models, large sample inference, hierarchical models, model checking and sensitivity analysis, study design, regression models, generalized linear models, mixture models and models for missing data. In addition it covers posterior simulation and integration using rejection sampling and importance sampling. There is one chapter on Markov chain simulation (MCMC) covering the generalized Metropolis algorithm and the Gibbs sampler.

Over 38 models are covered, 33 detailed examples from a wide range of fields (especially biostatistics). Each of the 18 chapter has a bibliographic note at the end. There are two appendixes: A) a very helpful list of standard probability distributions and B) outline of proofs of asymptotic theorems.

Sixteen of the 18 chapters end with a set of exercises that range from easy to quite difficult. Most of the students in my fall 2001 class used the statistical language R to do the exercises.

The book's emphasis is on applied Bayesian analysis. There are no heavy advanced proofs in the book. While the proofs of the basic algorithms are covered there are no algorithms written in pseudo code...Additional books of related interest

1) Statistical Decision Theory and Bayesian Analysis, James Berger, second edition. Emphasis on decision theory and more difficult to follow than Gelman's book. Covers empirical and hierarchical Bayes analysis. More philosophical challenging than Gelman's book.

2) Monte Carlo Statistical Methods, Robert and Casella. Very mathematically oriented book. Does a good job of covering MCMC.

3) Monte Carlo Methods in Bayesian Computation, Ming-Hui Chen, Qi-Man Shao, Joseph George Ibrahim. An enormous number of algorithms related to MCMC not covered elsewhere. If you need MCMC and need an algorithm to implement MCMC this is the book to read.

4) Monte Carlo Strategies in Scientific Computing, Jun S. Liu. Covers a wide range of scientific disciplines and how Monte Carlo methods can be used to solve real world problems. Includes hot topics such as bioinformatics. Very concise. Well written, but requires effort to understand as so many different topics are covered. This book is my most often borrowed book on Monte Carlo methods. Jun S. Liu is a big gun at Harvard.

5) Probabilistic Networks and Expert Systems. Cowell, Dawid, Lauritzen, Spiegelhalter. Covers the theory and methodology of building Bayesian networks (probabilistic networks).

5-0 out of 5 stars good treatment of modern Baysian methods
This is a well written text that is fast becoming a classic reference. It contains a wealth of good applications. It is one of the new books that presents the growing use of Bayesian methods in practice since the advancement of Markov Chain Monte Carlo approach. It includes a whole chapter the Markov chain approach to computation. Other strengths of the book include the chapter on missing data and the chapter that provides expert advice.

Another text in the CRC series Markov Chain Monte Carlo in Practice by Gilks, Richardson and Spiegelhalter provides more detail on these methods along with many applications including some Bayesian ones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review by a user of the book and colleague of an author
First, I must admit a bias: I frequently work with one of the authors (Gelman), and I think highly of his work and statistical judgment.

This book's biggest strength is its introduction of most of the important ideas in Bayesian statistics through well-chosen examples. These are examples are not contrived: many of them came up in research by the authors over the past several years. Most examples follow a logical progression that was probably used in the original research: a simple model is fit to data; then areas of model mis-fit are sought, and a revised model is used to address them. This brings up another strength of the book: the discussion and treatment of measures of model fit (and sensitivity of inferences) is lucid and enlightening.

Some readers may wish the computational methods were spelled out more fully: this book will help you choose an appropriate statistical model, and the ways to look for serious violations of it, but it will take a bit of work to convert the ideas into computational algorithms. This is not to say that the computational methods aren't discussed, merely that many of the details are left to the reader. The reader expecting pseudo-code programs will be disappointed.

All in all, I recommend this book for anyone who applies statistical models to data, whether those models are Bayesian or not. I especially recommend it for researchers who are curious about Bayesian methods but do not see the point of them---Chapter 5, and particularly section 5.5 (an example chosen from educational testing), beautifully addresses this issue. ... Read more

10. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel (Great Discoveries)
by Rebecca Goldstein
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A masterly introduction to the life and thought of the man who transformed our conception of math forever.

Kurt Gödel is considered the greatest logician since Aristotle. His monumental theorem of incompleteness demonstrated that in every formal system of arithmetic there are true statements that nevertheless cannot be proved. The result was an upheaval that spread far beyond mathematics, challenging conceptions of the nature of the mind.

Rebecca Goldstein, a MacArthur-winning novelist and philosopher, explains the philosophical vision that inspired Gödel's mathematics, and reveals the ironic twist that led to radical misinterpretations of his theorems by the trendier intellectual fashions of the day, from positivism to postmodernism. Ironically, both he and his close friend Einstein felt themselves intellectual exiles, even as their work was cited as among the most important in twentieth-century thought. For Gödel , the sense of isolation would have tragic consequences.

This lucid and accessible study makes Gödel's theorem and its mindbending implications comprehensible to the general reader, while bringing this eccentric, tortured genius and his world to life.

About the series:Great Discoveries brings together renowned writers from diverse backgrounds to tell the stories of crucial scientific breakthroughs—the great discoveries that have gone on to transform our view of the world. ... Read more

11. Mathematics: A Human Endeavor, Third Edition
by Harold R Jacobs
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Catlog: Book (1994-01-15)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Math as science, art and life
What's so truly impressive about Jacobs' book is the way in which he demonstrates that math is all around. His choice of subjects provides the reader with a broad introduction to the mathematical sciences, including geometry, probability, combinatorics, statistics, topology and more. More importantly, his examples and explanations make it relevant and fun.

Jacobs' writing is clear (which cannot be said for many books on math at any level) and his organization sweeps the reader right along. Though technically a textbook, this is excellent reading for anyone who's interested in learning about math. I read it in junior high school, and have re-read bits and pieces as I progressed through college and graduate school. His subjects are complex enough to merit rethinking, yet his explanations clear enough to be grasped by the first time reader.

Truly one of the great introductory math texts -- especially for those who think they don't need to know or can't understand math.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book fosters true love of math.
I'm a 36-year old homeschooling mother who had done calculus in high school and college, and mechanically got some right answers, but never knew why. I hadn't bothered to slow down and notice the beauty and power of the language of mathematics. In his textbook, Mathematics: A Human Endeavor, Harold Jacobs smashed my lack of confidence into a million pieces. He showers the student with so much real-life relevance and humor, that even a slight amount of curiosity about the subject bears delicous fruit. Working through this book will convince any human being, of almost any age, that he or she is a born mathematician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Introduction to Mathematics !
I stumbled across this book when I was 17 whilst rummaging in my school library. It was too late for me to use it as my workbook but I enjoyed reading it nevertheless. My sole regret was that had I found it earlier than I might have had success in teaching my fellow students the joys of mathematics. The book is beautifully designed with gorgeous graphics to demonstrate mathematical ideas. There are also wonderful cartoons that people on this side of the Atlantic may never get to see otherwise. This is the book (with its companion "Geometry") that I give all my nephews/nieces on their 10th birthday so that they may not claim that they were deprived of good maths tuition.

5-0 out of 5 stars For women and others "afraid of math"
This is a wonderful way to learn mathematics. It makes simple things you thought you could never learn ... Read more

12. For All Practical Purposes : Mathematical Literacy in Today's World (paperback version) (Comap, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications)
by Comap
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-04)
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13. Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers, Third Edition
by Calvin T. Long, Duane W. DeTemple
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14. Basic College Mathematics (6th Edition)
by Margaret L. Lial, Stanley A. Salzman, Diana L. Hestwood
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15. Mathematical Applications the Management, Life, and Social Sciences
by Ronald J. Harshbarger, James J. Reynolds
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Intended for a two-semester applied calculus course or a two-term course of finite mathematics and applied calculus, Mathematical Applications, 7/e, presents concepts and skills in an approachable way for students of varying abilities and interests. Applications cover diverse topics that are important to students in the management, life, and social sciences.

  • New! A greater variety of exercises include more critical-thinking questions, challenging new Examples, and Checkpoint Exercises. In addition to enhanced variety, the improved grading of drill and application exercises offers appropriate problems for students of all abilities and skill levels.
  • New! Numerous data-driven examples and exercises have been updated throughout the text and the number of modeling problems has increased.
  • New! More graphical interpretations have been added to the exposition, especially during calculus discussions.
  • New! Enhanced optional technology coverage includes the addition of Excel information, as necessary, and expanded discussion of calculator capabilities to clarify presentation of algebraic topics.
  • New! New margin labels and example labels have been added to help readers quickly identify where concepts are presented and when new topics are introduced.
  • Chapter Warm Ups appear at the beginning of each chapter, with the exception of Chapter 0, allowing instructors and students to easily assess whether the student is prepared to begin the new material or needs to review prerequisite concepts before continuing.
  • Check Points pose questions and problems that allow students to check their own understanding of the skills and concepts under discussion before proceeding. Solutions are conveniently located before the section exercises.
  • Application Previews begin each section and establish the context and direction for the concepts to be presented. They are revisited in complete worked-out examples that appear later in the lesson.
  • Application contexts are clearly labeled and identified, enabling instructors to tailor their assignments to their students' majors. More than 2,000 of the 5,500 exercises in the book are applied problems, and most chapters include a section or sections devoted exclusively to applications of the mathematical topics presented in the chapter.

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16. Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA
by MaryJackson, MikeStaunton
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Asin: 0471499226
Catlog: Book (2001-05-30)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 16579
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

This book will appeal to both graduate students and practitioners. Students will value the Excel spreadsheets allowing them to develop their knowledge of modelling in finance, using a step-by-step approach accompanied by explanations using elementary mathematical statistics and probability. Practitioners will value the VBA functions as a source of up-to-date and efficient programs that can be easily used from Excel.

Standard material covered includes:

  • portfolio theory and efficient frontiers
  • the Capital Asset Pricing Model, beta and variance-covariance matrices
  • performance measurement
  • the Black-Scholes option pricing formula
  • binomial trees for options on equities and bonds
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • bond yield-to-maturity, duration and convexity
  • term structure models from Vasicek and Cox, Ingersoll and Ross
Advanced topics covered include:
  • Value-at-Risk
  • style analysis
  • an improved binomial tree (Leisen and Reimer)
  • Quasi Monte Carlo simulation
  • volatility smiles
  • Black, Derman and Toy trees
  • normal interest rate trees

    The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing the spreadsheets, VBA functions and macros used throughout the work.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage of VBA financial models
    I like the style of this book. Don't let the small number of pages fool you. The authors didn't get overly wordy explaining the basics of the models (they assume the reader is already a proficient Excel user), and focus instead on explaining the key Excel functions and VBA codes in order to allow the readers to get their own model up and running in a short time. Like the other reviewer said, the authors should be congratulated for such a superb effort.

    Many subjects are materials not normally covered in a typical MBA curriculum (although they would in a MS program) Examples: in Chapter 13, Non-normal Distributions and Implied Volatility, the authors showed the way to model a Black & Scholes Equity Option using the more realistic non-normal distribution assumptions acounting for skewness and kurtosis (non-symetry and fat tails). In the Appendix, author introduced the ARIMA models in Excel (modeled typically with statistical or time-series software packages, such as SAS or SPSS), splines curve fitting and lastly estimation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors (for estimation of principal components analysis). You will find the Excel/VBA codes bundled in the CD handy for those who wish to develop more advanced models.

    This book is a godsend for busy practitioners who want to master quickly the art and science of building numerical techniques and coding models with Excel. Feel free to email me if you need to know any details from the book.

    P.S. book divided into four components
    Part ONE: Advanded Modelling in Excel (teaches the advanced Excel functions and procedures, VBA macros and user-defined functions)
    Part TWO: Equities
    Part THREE: Options on Equities
    Part FOUR: Options on Bonds
    Appendix: Other VBA functions

    5-0 out of 5 stars Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA
    This is probably the best book written on financial modeling in excel, definitely worth the $50. Comes with a great CD-ROM. The books strength is its illustration of financial models and implantation in Excel. Since the models focus on static solutions the book is probably of greater use in academics than in industry. It would be great if there was instruction about how to input real time data into Excel and implement the models dynamically. Of particular interest to me is the great VBA code given on the CD, namely the code to calculate autocorrelation, cubic spines, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. This alone was worth the 50 bucks.

    There are some major deficiencies in this book. Noticeably absent topics include: bond portfolio immunization; swap pricing; forwards and futures hedging; the ARCH, GARCH and CHARMA models.

    My background is in finance, mathematics and computer science. Unlike the guy above, I don't see any need for advanced mathematics in order to study this book. In fact I am sure you don't. The point is to make excel do it for you. However it will a lot easier for those who understand the finance and mathematics behind what they are telling excel to do. I am assuming that those who are considering this book most likely have taken at least one college level calculus course and one statistics course. But I don't think even that is necessary and definitely not stochastic calculus.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not really satisfying
    One of the main points of programming books is to help the reader understand the models being programmed. On this count, "Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA" fails miserably. There is very little explanation of the financial concepts and models. Anyone hoping to learn finance from this book will be very disappointed.

    The result is a series of programming black boxes and ugly spreadsheets having only limited usefulness.

    Although the level of his book is somewhat lower, Benninga's "Financial Modeling" book is much better at explaining the conceptual basis of financial models. A good programmer will be better off with Benninga than with Jackson-Staunton.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stochastic Calculus?
    Being a professional Azerbijani Yak trader, I (like my esteemed colleague) have used extensively Stochastic Calculus!
    I am also very strong in the modelling & programming, area.
    Just like my esteemed colleague, I stand in awe before this book, and certainly class it as a godsend!

    The book not only applies to my current vocation, but i have found practical application for this book in the Scandanavian Seal clubbing industry.

    I have stopped my wheels spinning, life is a truly experience after reading this book.

    I also highly recommend Dr. Zeus, Cat in the Hat & Green eggs & Ham!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
    VBA is one of those tools I long knew I should be proficient in but never got around to learning. That is, not until I found this book. It makes it easy for a financial professional to quickly come up to speed and start coding VBA within spreadsheets. The fact that the focus is on financial applications means that you learn coding techniques that will be useful on the job. I highly recommend the book! ... Read more

  • 17. Calculus
    by Elgin H. Johnston, Jerry Mathews
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    Asin: 0321006828
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-08)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley
    Sales Rank: 130423
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    18. Mathematics for Finance: An Introduction to Financial Engineering (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series)
    by Marek Capinski, Tomasz Zastawniak
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    Asin: 1852333308
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Springer-Verlag
    Sales Rank: 75579
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Designed to form the basis of an undergraduate course in mathematical finance, this book builds on mathematical models of bond and stock prices and covers three major areas of mathematical finance that all have an enormous impact on the way modern financial markets operate, namely: Black-Scholes' arbitrage pricing of options and other derivative securities; Markowitz portfolio optimization theory and the Capital Asset Pricing Model; and interest rates and their term structure. Assuming only a basic knowledge of probability and calculus, it covers the material in a mathematically rigorous and complete way at a level accessible to second or third year undergraduate students. The text is interspersed with a multitude of worked examples and exercises, so it is ideal for self-study and suitable not only for students of mathematics, but also students of business management, finance and economics, and anyone with an interest in finance who needs to understand the underlying theory. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A very good book
    This is a very good book for teaching financial mathematics. The only snag is the absence of Black-Scholes equations. The discussion of Portfolio analysis is an excellent addition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to financial engineering
    This is a great book at a great price. As an undegraduate student reading for a degree in mathematics with financial management, I've found this textbook to be of great help in the derivative securities and portfolio theory modules I am doing this year. There is a nice balance between examples, theory, and exercises (all complete with solutions). The examples and excercises have been particularly helpful to me - they don't just illustrate and consolidate the various topics, but most importantly prepare the ground for the exciting new ideas to come. Compared to other books recommended for my mudules in mathematical finance, this is by far the most readable. What seems to be daunting mathematical theory full of unnesessary abstractions in the other books I have tried, this one has somehow managed to appear easy, indeedd almost obvious when you come to think of it (just look at pricing American options, for example!).

    There are a few typos in various places and it is well worth visiting the book's web page at (and click on the accompanying website) for a list of corrections. At the same place, I have also located some nice Excel files that can be downloaed, with numerical solutions to case studies and excercises in the more advanced chapters - these are neatly designed and are of great help in following the text. I just wish there was even more material covered in similar Excel files.

    In all respects, a great book this, and well worth spending under 20 quid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent introduction
    Absolutely fantastic introduction to Financial Engineering. The first thing that strikes me about this gem is that it is very readable: the authors' writing style is straight-forward and concise, and at the same time manages to explain the concepts very well: no lecturing, no wordiness. There is a prevailing pattern of presentation to ideas: introduction, example, theorem, proof, excercise, and it works out wonderfully. The text is well integrated with equations. Well worth the money. ... Read more

    19. Basic Mathematics (9th Edition)
    by Marvin L. Bittinger
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    Asin: 0201721473
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-11)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley
    Sales Rank: 101591
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Basic Math at Your Own Pace
    I consider my self not good at math and this book really taught me what I did not learn in high school. It has several exercises and several examples to follow. From fractions to geometry everything is lay out. Very easy to understand and right to the point.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
    This book is so simple to understand. The examples help out so much with the exercises. I thought my math class would be very difficult but with the help of this book I know I'll pass the class.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why is the InterAct Math Tutorial Software not included.
    The only thing I can find wrong is that the disk mentioned in the Preface was not included with the book. Would be nice to know how to acquire this disk. Something like phone numbers, sales stores, or even how much the cost is for people who can afford it. Will the school be able to acquire one? Very sketchy data about this tool. Otherwise the book is excellent. ... Read more

    20. Calculus with Applications (8th Edition)
    by Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, Nathan P. Ritchey
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    Asin: 0321228146
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-14)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley
    Sales Rank: 26541
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