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Topic: Number Theory Books
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Scott Phung

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Number Theory Books
Posted: Nov 25, 1996 1:56 AM
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Hello, i am considering purchasing book(s) on Number Theory.

I am writing this message asking for advice and opinion
on which books are good. The book should be based on
Elementary Number Theory and it's subjects such as
congruences, diophante equations, divisibility,
factoring numbers, primative roots, continued fractions
and any other related elementary stuff. I would like books
with a fair number of examples and that teach in an
easy to learn environment (not just giving theorems and
assigning exercises).

I would like the title and author of the book and
also a price range. Also any comments on stores on which
I can get the books for a discounted price in the
Vancouver, Canada Area would be great.

I have already evaluated several books from our local public
library and also received several references to books in some
of my replies.

They are:

* Elementary Number Theory and Its Applications
By K.H. Rosen, Second Edition 1988
(I beleive there is a new edition out since 1993 and
it is supposed to be easier to understand. Not too bad
though)

* An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers
By Niven and Zuckerman, Fourth Edition 1980
(Fair at times, but lacking examples)

* Number Theory and it's History (Dover)
By Ore Oystein, First Edition 1948
(I have heard this is a good book, quite cheap and
am currently looking at it. It is pretty good, with a
good number of examples, and seems easy to learn from,
although the title may be misleading a bit.)

* A Course in Computational Algebraic Number Theory
By Henri Cohen, ????
(Recommened as a good book)

* A book by G. Harding was recommended to me, although
I don't recall the title.

I have not read about these books, so a quick comment
would be nice:

* Number Theory (Dover)
By Andrews, George. 1994,

* ELEMENTARY THEORY OF NUMBERS (Dover)
By LeVeque, William J.

* FACTORIZATION AND PRIMALITY TESTING (UTM)
By ??? (Would like a price range for this book)

* An Adventurer's Guide to Number Theory
By Friedberg, Richard, 1994

* Excursions in Number Theory (Dover)
By Ogilvy, C. Stanley, 1988

* Fundamentals Of Number Theory
By LeVeque, William J.. 1996

* Mathimagination Book C : Number Theory, Sets and Number Bases
By Marcy, Steve and Marcy, Janis 1973

Notice that i have four dover books listed above. All four are
quite cheap they all seem to cover the same material. Are there
any ones i _SHOULD NOT_ buy?

Thanks,
Scott Phung.

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