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on August 6, 2003
I bought this book in conjuction with a class on complex mathematics I took at a university. Within two classes I had abandoned all hope of actually learning something and by another class I decided to drop the course entirely.
The book presents fundamental ideas of complex analysis in a quick and esoteric manner. There is no proving of a single statement in the book. Mathematics to me has always been about what you can PROVE (for those who think otherwise, consider that it made front page news when Fermat's theorem was nearly proven albeit in hyperbolic space).
I am not a connoisseur of math books, but it would appear from other ratings that Needham has perhaps written other books of value. However, this has no bearing on the incredibly poor nature of this book.
Unless you have a deep background in complex math or wish to be completely baffled, avoid this book at all costs.
As for my copy, I would be more than willing to part with it for a 50 cent soda.
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on May 10, 2002
this is a masterpiece by needham yet it lacks the educational interest that was shown in his other books . I was left after the first page feeling like that my mind was not stimulated enough.
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