Anyone have read Naive Set Theory by Halmos?

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Hi,

I just found cheap Naive Set Theory by Halmos.
I am wondering if it is worth buying.

I have read somewhere it helps reading more advanced books.
Plus it's small, it's easy to carry around. I do not like to bring heavy bag to the library.

I am a Physics major.
I have taken Calc 1-3 and Linear Algebra.
I do not specifically want to learn Set Theory.
Just want to read it to help my understanding on mathematics.

I just need some input here.
Anyone with experience or expertise feel free to comment.
 

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Petek
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I have the book and read it. To paraphrase the Preface, the purpose of the book is to introduce beginning students of advanced mathematics to the basic notions of set theory. Halmos mentions groups, integrals and manifolds as the sort of advanced math he has in mind. The style of the book is terse. Halmos expects the reader to fill in the details of his arguments.

I think that this book would be useful for someone who intends to study math at the graduate level. Whether a physics major would find it useful, I don't know.
 
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OK
thx a lot..
 
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I don't recommend this book to a physicist. It's a very good book, and it's very useful to math students. However, physics students will find this book useless. Except if you want to study set theory of course,...
 
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Thx a lot micromass

Nope, i do not specifically want to learn set theory..
I just think to read more advanced math text, some set theory perhaps will be useful..
 
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Hmm, for the maths you need for physics, I don't think set theory will be of much use. In fact, I think most mathematicians have no need for set theory. And it's certainly not useful in physics.

However, set theory is a very beautiful subject. (my opinion). But don't expect many applications from it, not even in mathematics itself...
 
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That has pretty much convinced me not to buy the book..
Good thing actually, I am trying to review math I have learned so far..
So I do not have much time
 

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