How to Read and Do Proofs: An Introduction to Mathematical Thought Processes

Category: Mathematics
Author: Daniel Solow
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by alnar   2019-01-21
SOME ADVICE BEFORE YOU DO A DEEP DIVE INTO WHATEVER YOU END UP STUDYING MATH-WISE:

My Background: Current Undergraduate in CS and I recently added Mathematics

The most difficult part for a person who hasn't done a lot of math to become a person who does a lot of math is to read and understand rigorous proofs. You will encounter countless difficult proofs in any mathematical topic you try to study. Read a few books on mathematical thinking and proof techniques before/during/after reading any other dense math book.

Like you, I realize the value of having a mathematical mindset and want to have a deep understanding. When I added math as a major, I had a very hard time jumping from computational courses (typical math courses, geared towards any major) to theoretical and conceptual courses (proof-based courses that use all the fun and interesting math books everyone has linked here). These books helped:

https://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Proofs-Introduction-Mathemat...

https://www.amazon.com/How-Think-Like-Mathematician-Undergra...

https://press.princeton.edu/titles/669.html

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