Titles are optional?

Ahaha. I admit I’m not the most social creature in the world… but even at a prom, I’m sitting around on a petty laptop doing blog work on a blog I’m not even dedicated to… Ahaha.

Never mind that, I was originally going to write a self-inferiorating blog post that’s probably only self-provoked. But that would be pointless, so I’ll switch to something else.

I wish I were thoughtless.


Book Wants, Future Plans, and Random Musings

God, I suck at updating. Maybe once a week would be better?

Alright, here’s a list of books that I plan to get.

I guess I’ll make it a goal to get these books within the next decade or so. And then I’ll have a proper library, or at least the start of one.

Why am I writing this? Mainly another thought depository. I’ve been making a wishlist on Amazon, but it’s been getting cluttered, so I’ll dump my primary do-wants here. I’ll also throw in prices, so I can determine an order to go about doing things.

Small Textbooks (books that are inexpensive to buy in the states) That I Want

  • Ordinary Differential Equations – Arnold ~44
  • Linear Algebra Done Right – Axler ~30
  • Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals – Feynman ~12
  • A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equations – Fleisch ~25
  • A Student’s Guide to Vectors and Tensors – Fleisch ~ 26
  • Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language – Klein ~33
  • Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language – Klein ~34
  • Algebra – Lang ~52
  • Calculus on Manifolds – Spivak ~46
  • Geometrical Vectors – Weinreich ~24

Big Textbooks (books that I’ll have to get international editions or used) That I Want

  • Mathematical Analysis – Apostol ~20, international
  • Organic Chemistry – Clayden et. al. ~60
  • Abstract Algebra – Dummit and Foote ~22, international
  • Introduction to Electrodynamics – Griffiths ~14, international
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis – Harris ~160
  • Linear Algebra – Hoffman and Kunze ~15, international
  • Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Forms – Hubbard ~100
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry – Lee ~70
  • Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach – McQuarrie and Simon ~25, international
  • Visual Complex Analysis – Needham ~60?, international
  • Principles of Mathematical Analysis – Rudin ~20, international
  • The entire Course of Theoretical Physics Series ~25, international

I’m sure by using a combination of used copies and international editions of textbooks, this shouldn’t be an unmanageable task, to collect all these.

Just some random notes:

  • Apparently, international editions are sold by actual size, and not by inelastic demand. Slim books are worth less than thick books.
  • There aren’t that many chemistry books that have international editions, yet almost every math and physics book that isn’t published by Dover or Springer (though, those tend to be reasonably priced. 10-50 is what I like to see.) has one.

…I need to get a part-time job soon, instead of lusting over books I can’t get. This summer has made me a total NEET. Augh.

Also Summer Assignments. Got to remember to do those.

So what do I do for now, while I don’t own any of the books on my wish list? Well, here’s a tentative plan. It’s not like I’m even close to reading the books I do own already.

Right now, I own these.

  • Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences – Boas
  • Advanced Calculus of Several Variables – Edwards
  • Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers – Farlow
  • Counterexamples in Analysis – Gelbaum and Olmstead
  • Concrete Mathematics – Graham et. al., international
  • Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers – Hamming
  • Introduction to Mechanics – Kleppner and Kolenkow, international
  • Elements of the Theory of Functions and Functional Analysis – Kolmogorov and Fomin
  • Linear Algebra – Lang
  • General Chemistry – Pauling
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Chemistry – Pauling and Wilson
  • Electricity and Magnetism – Purcell, international
  • A Book of Abstract Algebra – Pinter
  • Elementary Real and Complex Analysis – Shilov
  • Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change – Silberberg, international
  • Calculus – Spivak
  • Ordinary Differential Equations – Tenenbaum and Pollard
  • How to Prove It: A Structured Approach – Velleman

Senior year of High School:

  1. First, I need to dedicate myself to reading Spivak’s Calculus, Velleman’s How to Prove It and Graham’s Concrete Mathematics. That’ll probably take up a good amount of time, and it’ll get me prepared for future mathing. I’ll need to do some proper scheduling to do this. This should have overall precedence, and I should ignore steps 2-5 if they get in the way.
  2. Leisurely read Lang’s Linear Algebra, Pauling’s General Chemistry and Tenenbaum’s Ordinary Differential Equations. I’ve already had calculation-based classes on these subjects, so it’s not too much. Going through Linear Algebra, though, will be largely re-learning with the mindset of a mathematician. ODEs will mainly be trying to learn new techniques, which isn’t too bad, since ODEs tend to be taught with a “Here’s some tools. Dig with them.” sort of way, and I begrudgingly admit that I like applied math.
  3. If I do take Vector Calculus at my community college, I should read Edwards’s book to addend the teacher’s teachings.
  4. After that, everything’s else for leisure, as I’ll have to take a proper class in those subjects anyways. Shilov and Pinter’s books should have slight precedence, though, being subjects that I have an interest in jumping in asap. If I finish Pauling’s General Chemistry book (which I doubt, since it’s almost 1000 pages), I should look at his QM book as a sequel.
  5. Get through chapter 5 of Purcell.
  6. Take it easy. Further planning will only dig me deeper.