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StephanMarcus

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So, to my question ...

The subject I'm currently working through is basic algebra and basic geometry. Junior high school level stuff. I am really fascinated by maths, so when I read through these standard books, I ... how do I put this ... I feel uncomfortable because it seems like the authors of the book wants the student to memorize formulas. This makes me *really* uncomfortable because I don't want to simply memorize formulas. I want to understand why they work. I want to understand mathematics. I am sure many of you can relate.

I am wondering if reading through Algebra by Israel M. Gelfand will get me on the right path? Is it a good book? (I will be reading the standard books as well)

Thanks in advance. Sorry if I'm not making any sense. I'm really tired. :)