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lost in mathematics
Posted:
Jun 27, 1996 3:29 PM


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 knowledgebase 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?
Please respond by email as well as to the group, but not to this account but to lnemi2@ismennt.is. Thanks in advance!



