Please return this book. I find that though many of my friends are poor mathematicians, they are nearly all good bookkeepers.

— Walter Scott, written in a bookplate in one of his books

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong.
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Very relevant even now 😀

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🙂

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Haha, good one!

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That is great!

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Lol!! I just threw out my calculus and econometrics text books. With internet these days, info is a click away🤣

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🙂 Indeed.

Though there are still a lot of higher math stuff that I can’t find on the web. 🙂

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I think the younger ones do not understand it enough to upload it whilst the older mathematicians are not IT savvy enough to upload it. A conundrum till then. So the old text books would have to be around for mathematicians😉

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Higher mathematics is very deep and has many specualizations (and specializations within specializations) and it would be a difficult challenge to bring together a comprehensive information database for all the fields and subfields of math. I want to see it done though I personally don’t have any idea where to begin.

Actually, most of the mathematical theorems and whatnots are already explained on the web in aites like Wikipedia and MathWorld. However, if you want to know something on a deeper level, then you have to consult appropriate textbooks and journals.

Speaking of journals, companies like Elsvier have paywalls (it’s priced steeply). So, open information in mathematics is still a long shot. Fortunately, there are some groups working in the background to make it possible.

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I agree with you, Edmark. Unfortunately, the issues of access to published papers have been getting worse in other disciplines, not just in maths. The following article gives quite an excellent overview of the extent of the issues:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/aug/29/academic-publishers-murdoch-socialist

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So true! Great pun!

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Thanks for your posts. I like them so much I read them every day.

Hope they fix your broadband tomorrow.

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Thank you!

It’s great that the technician was a competent guy.. he fixed the issue quickly.

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Glad to hear it.

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I guess that the numbers were speaking for themselves.

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