Book of Proof. (5 reviews). Richard Hammack, Virginia Commonwealth University . Pub Date: ISBN Publisher: Independent. Book of Proof has ratings and 11 reviews. David said: Playing with Numbers22 June – Sydney Well, what do you know, a university textbook that. This free book is an introduction to the language and standard proof methods of mathematics. – free book at

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My decisions regarding revisions were guided by the Amazon reviews and emails from readers. Likewise, the perfect number theorem’s proof felt like a jump too high for many students so if time is pressing one could opt to postpone these topics in Chapters 7 and 8 respectively. The author has clearly taken his time in developing a textbook that can be accessible and transferrable to subsequent courses.

Danny rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Two things stand out about Book of Proofcompared not only to other free books, but compared to any other books for a “proofs” or “transitions” course: From the complete beginner as in my case, I only had highschool algebra with some non-rigorously, self-taught compsci to the more proficient, if you don’t feel confident with proofs, Hammack has your back. I picked this book up because I’m teaching myself Abstract Algebra for which one must be able to prove things and it would be nice to see a list of books recommended by Richard Hammack that go deeper on some of the topics he touched on in Book of Proof.

Most of the proofs in this book should be accessible to a middle grade school student.


Thus far, the most accessible illustration of the implication operation’s logic table Thanks for telling us about the problem. Alth This book is an introduction to the language and standard proof methods of mathematics. Luis rated it really liked it Nov 12, Published May 31st by Richard Hammack first published This book covers all fo the needed proof techniques and gives interesting examples for them.

There is no shortage of such texts on the book market yet I don’t see myself changing this choice of text for my course anytime soon.

Richard Hammack is clearly an adept teacher; he masterfully structured this book with a range of student exposure to the material in-mind. This may take several minutes.

What I wanted from the text was to somehow incorporate the additional nuances that make eBooks slightly better than paper. New terms are always carefully defined, and a number of useful diagrams throughout the text add to the clarity of the explanations.

The text proceeds with one major topic per chapter suitable for discussing most porof in one to two class periods.

The online interface is a plain pdf that appears just as you would expect from the hardcopy. This is common with mathematics. Return to Book Page. It is written for an audience of mathematics majors at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is intended to prepare the students for more advanced courses.

Although there are certain aspects of the text I would modify, these aspects are minute compared to the amount of understanding and depth that the author introduces. Download or read it proog for free here: Refresh and try again.

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The material covered in this textbook is very relevant and fundamental in mathematics, and this book covers all of the main topics. The book starts with the basics of set theory, logic and truth tables, and counting. Also, since it is free I feel find going “off script” for a while – when I use an boo, text, I feel like I should make the most of the text for the students. Book Description This book is an introduction to the language and standard proof methods of mathematics. The book ends with additional topics in relations, functions, and cardinality of sets.


The fundamentals of set theory, logic, and counting techniques are covered in chapter I. The examples used are from mathematics and largely devoid of references to any particular culture or background.

Book of Proof by Richard Hammack

This text is intended for a transition or introduction to proof and proving in undergraduate mathematics. The interface was fine. One way to improve diagrams and figures would be to label all of them, to make them easier to refer to.

A Introduction to Proofs and the Mathematical Vernacular by Martin Day bokk Virginia Tech The book helps students make the transition from freshman-sophomore calculus to more proof-oriented upper-level mathematics courses. Jet rated it really liked it Oct 01, Please let me know if you use Book of Proof in your classes. OpenLibra uses cookies to ensure we give you the best experience.