Is there such a thing as a complete dependence chart for all fields of mathematics?
I was in the library today, looking for something on convex sets - which I know nothing about but are needed to understand what I really want to read, which is a book I have on optimizing mathematical procedures in programming. I found a few books on the subject but they assumed rather a wide knowledge-base that I simply do not have. I don't even know what half the stuff they mentioned IS. Fields, rings, Hilbert spaces - I'm completely lost ...and that's just on stuff thay call basic. I dread to think what the advanced stuff looks like. Anyway, I need to know where to begin reading and preferably a chart that shows how all is connected and what I need to know to understand each set of ideas. Any help?
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