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Should an engineering student play with Baby Rudin ?

  1. Sep 13, 2010 #1
    I have heard a lot of wild things about the book. I am taking an intro to analysis course this semester and I am unsatisfied with the course text.

    It is worth point out that my interest in pure mathematics far exceeds my skill; given the applied nature of engineering mathematics.

    I don't consider my skill to be higher than the average math major.

    What do you guys think?
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  3. Sep 13, 2010 #2
    It's a great text with a good number of quality exercises. I think you should go ahead and schedule that play date.

    Also, what text do they have you using? Baby Rudin is fantastic but there are other good ones too.
  4. Sep 13, 2010 #3
    The quality of the excersice may be too good for me. I am afraid the excersices may elude me.

    We are using Introductory Real Analysis Frank Dangello and Michael Seyfried. The book, I think, is unheard off.
  5. Sep 13, 2010 #4
    Well I haven't heard of it but that isn't saying a whole lot. Regarding the difficulty of some of the exercises: the harder it is the more you'll learn from attempting it, even if you don't end up solving it. That said, there are also a good amount of simpler exercises which follow almost immediately from a definition or theorem and a single trick or substitution etc.
  6. Sep 13, 2010 #5
    That doesn't seem too bad. I picked up a copy at my school library.
    I will definitely be asking PF members for help when I need it.

    My only concern right now is if I will have enough time to mingle with the problems. Been as it is, I have 5 other engineering classes.

    How did you find baby rudin initially?
  7. Sep 13, 2010 #6
    What year are u? What other classes are you taking?
  8. Sep 13, 2010 #7
    3rd Year.
    Signals and systems
    Probality and Stochastic processes
    Hmm.. Electronic circuits
  9. Sep 14, 2010 #8
    I've heard great things about Charles C. Pugh Real Mathematical Analysis. It seems to both cover slightly more material and everybody says its easier to learn from. Even if you don't pick Pugh I think Rudin is a terrible choice as lots of people have trouble with it and there are lenty of other options.
  10. Sep 14, 2010 #9
    What does Pughs' book cover ? And in what order ?
  11. Sep 14, 2010 #10

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    With what aspects of the course text are you not satisfied?
  12. Sep 14, 2010 #11
    The presentation of some topics is a big problem for me. It isn't as thorough as I would like.
    Some topics are given eye service rather than an in depth consideration.
    The proofs are unnecessarily lengthy.


    It also carries an obscene price of $244+ dollars at my book store.
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  13. Sep 14, 2010 #12
    And you're basing these opinions on how much of the text you've read and absorbed? Okay so your bookstore is ripping you off. Go online and buy a used copy.

    Most of these intro analysis texts are going to cover more or less the same material. Nobody wants to write a bad analysis text, and most of them probably reference Rudin anyways since it's been the standard since over a half a century ago.

    Since you have access to a university library, you should also have access to more than one analysis book right? Take a look at some other books (use Google books or some other online source if necessary) and maybe choose a supplement. Ultimately you have to solve analysis problems on your own, and this is going to depend much less on probably rather pedantic concerns over your particular analysis text.
  14. Sep 14, 2010 #13
    Well the price online it still too much.

    I will take a look at other txts and perhaps see if I can find something I like.
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