sadder and better the second time i read it, or maybe i was just older. it's pretty impressive to be able to write a tragedy about disappointment andsadder and better the second time i read it, or maybe i was just older. it's pretty impressive to be able to write a tragedy about disappointment and mediocrity....more
i think conrad is weirder and more complicated than i give him credit for. i need to read more of his stuff, because i think it might be an acquired ti think conrad is weirder and more complicated than i give him credit for. i need to read more of his stuff, because i think it might be an acquired taste....more
a very basic and applied book on probability models. if it were me, i'd read drake's book on probability to get the basics and then go straight to a ma very basic and applied book on probability models. if it were me, i'd read drake's book on probability to get the basics and then go straight to a more advanced text on whatever you're interested in (markov chains or probability theory or stochastic processes or queuing theory or whatever) and skip this thing....more
non-relativistic quantum physics for nobel prize-winners and soviet geniuses. this is a tough book, because they assume you are as smart as landau, whnon-relativistic quantum physics for nobel prize-winners and soviet geniuses. this is a tough book, because they assume you are as smart as landau, which you are not. that assumption allows them to cram TONS of material into this volume though. if you can't find it anywhere else, look here. (if you can find it anywhere else, look there.) ...more
there are no wasted words in this book, which makes it easily the most elegant presentation of classical mechanics i've ever seen. simultaneously a plthere are no wasted words in this book, which makes it easily the most elegant presentation of classical mechanics i've ever seen. simultaneously a pleasure to read (when you see what's going on) and difficult to understand (when you don't). the starting point is the principle of least action, and newton's laws are only given as an afterthought.
it's hard to overstate the beauty of this text.
this is the first volume of the 10 volume landau/lifshitz course on physics, and by far my favorite of the ones i've used. ...more
if you want to know more graph theory than you can get from this book, you probably don't need me to tell you where to look. surprisingly readable, anif you want to know more graph theory than you can get from this book, you probably don't need me to tell you where to look. surprisingly readable, and it doesn't assume much prior knowledge. beats the crap out of bollobas.
this is the only book on complex analysis i've tried, so i don't have much basis for comparison, but it's pretty nice and relatively easy to learn frothis is the only book on complex analysis i've tried, so i don't have much basis for comparison, but it's pretty nice and relatively easy to learn from. part of that might be the subject matter, though, which is pretty inherently elegant and would be hard to muck up too badly....more
the graduate text everyone uses, but you should learn the basics somewhere else.
unless you are very mathematically sophisticated (and much smarter ththe graduate text everyone uses, but you should learn the basics somewhere else.
unless you are very mathematically sophisticated (and much smarter than i am), you won't be able to teach yourself from this text. he skips a lot of steps in his proofs and assumes you've seen it before or can figure it out. i imagine a good lecturer teaching from this book would do great, though....more
rough reading, but it's THE reference. for a more readable introduction to this stuff try the cook/cunningham/pulleyblank/whoever book. for somethingrough reading, but it's THE reference. for a more readable introduction to this stuff try the cook/cunningham/pulleyblank/whoever book. for something easier on the same subject, try wolsey's book on integer programming.
Goodreads should probably get with the program and put Nemhauser's name on this thing, or he's gonna be all over your asses with a lawsuit. Wolsey. Please....more
if you care about optimization and are willing to learn a little bit of linear algebra, this is a great introduction. really, you get all the linear oif you care about optimization and are willing to learn a little bit of linear algebra, this is a great introduction. really, you get all the linear optimization theory you need from the first 4 chapters, and the rest is just icing....more
avoid. needlessly confusing and filled with stupid examples involving a maddening idiot named Happy Harry. not sure what graduate text is better, butavoid. needlessly confusing and filled with stupid examples involving a maddening idiot named Happy Harry. not sure what graduate text is better, but there must be one out there (Ross?)...more