on May 9, 2014
Got my copy.
While seemingly heavy-set and too-hard to understand for an average mortal it is nothing like that.
As a non-mathematician I found it to be very well written in a very comprehensible way. It really fulfilled my interests in mathematics and physics, and answered a number of questions I was dwelling on in the past. Lastly, I found that it has a surprising number of topics that are quite practical in nature (and even in every-day world), such as deterministic chaotic behavior or dynamical systems.
All in all, a very enjoyable read, which for something like a math book is something special by itself.
on January 2, 2010
This book is as advertised. It provided an excellent overview of a wide range of mathematical topics at a level suitable as an introduction to many areas. I some university level mathematics, but have not referred to it for a few decades now. The references given in many topics, especially those with comments, are also useful. I have not read all of it cover to cover, because it is a reference not a textbook. However, I came across the one article of Partial Differential Equations that provided an online link to a much larger version of the same article. Such a device would have been nice elsewhere. It would be one solution to the problem of trying to encompass all of mathematics in a single volume.