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Excellent text by expert in the fieldDec 22, 2000
By D. Taylor George Andrews is the reigning expert on partitions in the mathematical community who has written many seminal papers on the subject over the past half-century! If you don't know what partitions are in the theoretical sense, don't worry, the text provides ample introduction. I don't think you can find a more elementary introduction to the difficult, but extraordinarily powerful and elegant theory of partitions. The book covers the basics of number theory well, but it is the chapters on partitions that make this text stand out. It covers the Rogers-Ramanujan identities as well as the Jacobi triple product identity. It is rare in the mathematical community that an expert in a subject also writes a ground-level introductory text - but that's what you have here. Thanks to the dover edition, it's now quite affordable.

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An incredible text in elementary number theoryJan 05, 2009
By Calvin D. Woo Despite the deceptively small size of the text compared to many of its type, be sure to carry at least twice as many sheets of paper to fully get all you can out of it. George Andrew's pedagogical style of using combinatorics (basic gambling probability) to explain advanced concepts in number theory is executed brilliantly, and leaves even first-year undergraduates like me without a doubt in the world.

It is essential to do the problems in this book! Do not skip them thinking writing down the definitions and theorems will be enough-- some of the problems will kill you if you go in only knowing the written theorems, without any proper thought into the subject. Like any mathematical subject, it requires rigorous thinking and hours of reading before even considering going on to more advanced topics, like algebraic number theory, abstract algebra, or residue theory.

Breaking down the book into parts, I find it slightly disconcerting that despite the small nature of the book, the concept of quadratic congruences are only introduced in a less-than-introductory fashion, in comparison to other number theory books. It may be true that the author's main research was based off partition theory (the largest section in the book), but quadratic congruences have large applied mathematical influences, and should be considered to be read on, after the book as been finished.

Despite that, this text is an incredible foray into elementary number theory, and is a recommended buy for all those interested in the mathematical world.

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By M. J. De I have a background in logic but absolutely none in elementary number theory or abstract algebra and I am using this as a first-time study guide. I find it very good. I have to mull over some of the proofs and examples since certain shortcuts are not immediately evident to me, but everything is generally clear and easy to follow. There are very few historical remarks which may or may not be a bonus for some. And as Dover does, they are practically giving this thing away.

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Don't buy the e-bookMay 28, 2014
By Amazon Customer I made the mistake of trying the electronic version of this book. This is the first mathematics book I have tried doing that with and it was a huge mistake. This book is based on formulae and their isn't a way to view them properly in the e-book version with the Kindle App. The formulas are too tiny to see and it makes it impossible to read the book. I can't recommend this as an e-book until they fix the problem with the formula viewing.

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Might as well be renamed 'Combinatorial Number Theory'Feb 23, 2012
By Native of Neptune A few years ago, I read this book by George Andrews of Penn State University into chapter 8 and this 1971 textbook by him already shows his long interest in both combinatorics and number theory. Where I stopped reading was when the author's proofs started being multiple pages long.

Here are the titles of the chapters with their starting pages:

// PART I Multiplicativity-Divisibility // 1. Basis Representation-3 / 2. The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic-12 / 3. Combinatorial and Computational Number Theory-30 / 4. Fundamentals of Congruences-49 / 5. Solving Congruences-58 / 6. Arithmetic Functions-75 / 7. Primitive Roots-93 / 8. Prime Numbers-100 // PART II Quadratic Congruences // 9. Quadratic Residues-115 / 10. Distribution of Quadratic Residues-128 // PART III Additivity // 11. Sums of Squares-141 / 12. Elementary Partition Theory-149 / 13. Partition Generating Functions-160 / 14. Partition Identities-175 // PART IV Geometric Number Theory // 15. Lattice Points-201 / There are four mathematical appendices and the full set of indices after the 15 chapters--213-259.

From the complicated table of contents above, one can see a broad sweep of combinatorial number theory. Part I is mostly pretty straight number theory, and that is what I did read. Part III on additivity is almost fully combinatorics more than number theory though. Still the price of this book is quite low to have access to all of this big range of mathematics to pick and choose what is most interesting to any given reader. Recommended.