maths study via The Open University

The bookshelf

I get asked often enough about the kind of books mathematics undergraduates could be reading.
I’m not mathematically-qualified enough to review them except, suffice to say, I’ve found/am finding the following helpful (all live on my bookshelf):

Further Engineering Mathematics (Stroud)

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering (Riley, Hobson, Bence)

Schaum’s Outline of Fluid Mechanics (Potter and Wiggert)

Schaum’s Outline of Differential Equations (Bronson and Costa)

Schaum’s Outline of Linear Algebra (Lipschutz and Lipson)

The Calculus Lifesaver (Banner)

Who is Fourier? (Transnational College of Lex)

The Shape of Space (Weeks)

Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Farlow)

Vector Calculus (Baxandall and Liebeck)

Basic Partial Differential Equations (Bleecker and Csordas) (ordered from for £42 delivered as opposed to UK prices around £85)

And I’m tossing a fair coin 101 times to see whether I should buy:

Springer: Elementary Number Theory (Jones and Jones)

Paul Wilmott Introduces Quantitative Finance (Wilmott)

Introduction to Complex Analysis (Priestley)

A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equations (Fleisch)

This one’s from Chris F and looks well-laid out: Numerical Analysis (Burden and Faires)

If anyone has other suggestions which might help starting-out maths students, you can email me at or drop a comment in the comment box below. 🙂 🙂


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