# The Book Depository Principles of Mathematical Analysis (Int'l Ed) by Walter Rudin

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**Description: **Principles of Mathematical Analysis (Int'l Ed) : Paperback : Mc Graw-Hill Education - Europe : 9780070856134 : : 01 Feb 2006. The Book Depository Principles of Mathematical Analysis (Int'l Ed) by Walter Rudin - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

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Author: A. Krecetovs

Rating: 5

Review: one of the best books I've read

Author: Snowy White

Rating: 2

Review: I can only concur with the reviewers who point out how bad this is to actually sit down and read. I had it recommended as a second text on real analysis, primarily for the extension into higher dimensions. Coming from the impossibly good Spivak ("Calculus") as my introductory text, Rudin was a shock to the system, for a number of reasons: Firstly, the overall feel is of a cheaply made book. The spine on my copy cracked within a few months and pages became unlodged. Maybe the quality is better nowadays, but bear this in mind. This is the same edition (mine was the 15th printing, dated 1989). In comparison, my Spivak still looks as good as new, and it's been read a heck of a lot more! Second, the print is faint and and the fonts appear thin, which is a constant irritation that drains mental energy unnecessarily. Also, the notation is difficult because the italicized letters used to represent some objects are so illegible as to make a mental note impossible ('must remember such-and-such is represented by squiggle'). This again distracts you from the mathematics itself. Lastly, the whole approach is cold and distant. I know this is what most professional mathematicians seem to approve of (can't think why!!) , but I personally don't get it. Mathematics has a hard enough time recruiting and maintaining the interest of students (a high proportion of students on my course - all with 3 A's at A-level when such a feat required intelligence - virtually gave up in the second year, largely through having to refer to books like this), without turning them away with bad teaching. Yes, rigour is absolutely essential, but without providing motivation or at the very least some kind of geometric intuition (a picture is worth...), a text like this seems to lose half its impact. I remember reading Spivak with pleasure, almost without realizing I was studying pure gold that distilled the genius of the some of the finest mathematicians in history. Lastly, the price. Almost twenty years on, my copy still has its price sticker: £10.95 including a very durable removable plastic jacket. Book inflation for the intervening period is not 300%. For such a commonly cited text, this is a disgraceful ask of present students. In summary, BUY WITH EXTREME CAUTION. Sadly, I don't know which text to recommend instead, but MOST undergraduates will regret spending valuable beer money on this book. I'd do a search on Amazon for some newer original books (the Springer series seem to be generally more readable that most of the texts I had to suffer). I hope this review helps you in your search.