How to study for a Mathematics Degree by Lara Alcock

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^{nd}April 2013
This
is a book that every potential undergraduate student of mathematics should
purchase. It has a very thorough description of what is involved with being an
undergraduate in mathematics at university.

Alcock
has succeeded in writing a relevant, interesting and beneficial account of what
it is like to be a maths undergraduate. She highlights the differences between
pure and applicable mathematics and what skills are needed to flourish in
these. However the emphasis is on pure mathematics throughout the book.

Additionally
the author does not shy away from doing some serious mathematics even though
the book is written for the layman. The technical mathematics is described in
simple terms that all sixth formers will understand.

The
book is very well organised and has good quality writing style – well expressed,
clarity, coherence etc. It is split into two – mathematics and study skills.

My
only reservation is the lack of illustrations. Including these would have more
of an impact but it is not a serious omission.

I
would recommend this book to any student or teacher of mathematics.

Kuldeep
Singh