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Jun1311, 06:32 PM

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Hi everyone,
I'm an 11th grade high school student trying to build a home science/math library. I love physics, math and computer science. I AP Calculus AB and BC from The Princeton Review Algorithms and Data Structures = Programs by Niklaus Wirth Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers Holt Physics Handbook of Mathematical Formulas and Integrals by Alan Jeffrey The C Programming Language The Handy Science Answer Book The Linux Pocket Guide I plan on adding books about: Perl GNU Octave Analytical Geometry Differential Geometry Multi variable Calculus Electrical Engineering Chemistry (maybe an AP Chem textbook) Arch Linux Could anyone recommend anything? Thanks, Jordan 


#2
Jun1311, 06:37 PM

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Two books every math/sciencelibrary needs to have is
 The princeton companion of mathematics.  The Feynman lectures A book on LaTex also wouldn't hurt. An other book I like is the geometry book by Coxeter. Also "Mathematics: a very short introduction" by Timothy Gowers is good. You also might want a calcbased intro physics book, often with titles "Physics for scientists and engineers". Not to forget a good book on linear algebra! 


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Jun1311, 06:46 PM

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Thanks. I'll definately keep that in mind (now, if only I could afford the princeton one). And I'm taking AP Physics C, so if I like the book, I'll just have my mom buy one for
And LaTeX one would be good 


#4
Jun1311, 07:32 PM

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Home science and math library
Just to clear things up, I'm not looking for books to learn things, I'm looking for references that will be important in the future.



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Jun1411, 12:08 AM

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#6
Jun1411, 03:03 AM

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Could we get some specificity on LaTeX books? I have the LaTeX Companion and can never find anything in it, so I can't recommend that one as a reference. Wasn't a good tutorial, either.



#7
Jun1411, 03:42 PM

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@Sankaku
Sorry, what I meant was books that are references, not ones that I would use to teach myself the subject as soon as I buy it. Like if I buy a chemistry book (I hate chemistry) doesn't mean that I'm going to teach myself a course of chemistry, just as a reference. My bad, sorry 


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#9
Jun1411, 04:06 PM

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Cool thanks!



#10
Jun1411, 04:12 PM

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http://www.amazon.com/ProgrammingPe...f=cm_lmf_tit_1, by Larry Wall, himself, is supposedly a good Perl reference.



#11
Jun1411, 04:17 PM

C. Spirit
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Well Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces  De Carmo is an invaluable reference for well just that! But I don't get why you want reference books instead of introductory texts?



#12
Jun1511, 01:12 PM

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The Perl one looks inexpensive and Oreilly usually publishes good stuff.



#13
Jun2111, 02:45 PM

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I am not sure how useful this will be. You can have the most advanced reference books of all time and if you don't buy other books that teach you about the stuff then the reference books are useless.
I honestly don't own a single "reference" book. I own a great number of textbooks and I read them all, cover to cover, because that is what you do. I can't understand why you'd want a math CRC tables without first knowing the math, for example. 


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Jun2111, 03:16 PM

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I have to agree with the others here. Math is not like history, where you can learn random facts out of sequence (not to slight history  I realize that context is important, but it's still true that I can learn quite a bit about, say, the 16th century, without knowing anything about the 8th century. But I can't learn calculus without first learning algebra).
If you buy a reference book on some subject you don't understand, it may be out of date by the time you *do* understand it. Much better to get good introductory texts in the subjects you are interested in, and use the internet as a reference source until you have mastered the subject well enough to evaluate reference books for yourself. 


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Jun2311, 04:52 PM

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