Hi, I am a computer science student that has found an interest in mathematics. I am currently exploring number theory, among other fields such as abstract algebra, and have gathered an interest in it after glancing at HAKMEM and Hacker's Delight, as well as learning of its importance in fields such as cryptography and quantum computing. I would like to eventually reach a level where I can start comprehending number theory research papers and even start my own research (all through self study, of course). I have started working through the following books: - An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers 5e- Niven, Zuckerman, Montgomery - Number Theory - George E. Andrews and I have also ordered: -An Invitation to Modern Number Theory - Miller, Takloo-Bighash I want to know if these books will provide me with enough background on number theory to understand today's number theory research papers or carry out my own research. If not, would someone kindly inform me what else would be needed to do so (books, papers, topics, links...etc will be useful)? Thank you in advance. P.S As a note, I think it would be nice to have a sticky in each section providing this kind of information to amateurs in the future.