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A class titled “Survey of Mathematics” might seem like one of the most general names for any course you will ever take. However, the word “survey” is important here. These courses deal with a plethora of mathematical concepts and theories, but these can get quite specific when it comes to the class as a whole. A survey of mathematics class will cover a broad spectrum of ideas, and these classes apply mathematical concepts to real-world situations in business, the arts, and other aspects of everyday life. If you’re one of those individuals who thinks that taking certain classes is a waste of time because their concepts don’t’ apply to your life, a class that surveys mathematics is definitely not one of those classes.

According to TopTenTopTen.com, the following college textbooks are considered the top 10 survey of mathematics textbooks that professors and students currently use at colleges and universities nationwide:

1. A Survey of Mathematics with Applications Custom Edition (A Survey of Mathematics with Applications) by Allen R. Angel (2009 – Pearson Custom Publishing)

2. A Survey of Mathematics: Elementary Concepts and Their Historical Development by Vivian Shaw Graze (1968 – Holt, Rinehart, & Winston)

3. Foundations of Constructive Mathematics: Met mathematical Studies (Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete. 3. Folge A Series of Modern Surveys in Mathematics) by Michael J. Beeson (2012 – Springer Publishing)

4. Mathematics for Quantum Mechanics: An Introductory Survey of Operators, Eigenvalues, and Linear Vector Spaces by John David Jackson (2006 – Dover Publishing)

5. Surveys in Geometry and Number Theory: Reports on Contemporary Russian Mathematics (London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series) by Nicholas Young (2007 – Cambridge University Press)

6. Survey of Mathematics With Applications by Allen Angel, Christine Abbott, and Dennis Runde (2012 – Addison Wesley)

7. Surveys in Modern Mathematics (London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series) by Victor Prasolov and Yulij Ilyashenko (2005 – Cambridge University Press)

8. Survey of Applicable Mathematics by Karel Rektorys (1969 – The MIT Press)

9. Survey of Mathematics with Applications Value Package (includes Student’s Solutions Manual for A Survey of Mathematics with Applications) by Allen Angel, Christine D. Abbott, and Dennis C. Runde (2008 – Addison Wesley)

10. A Survey of Mathematics with Applications by Allen Angel, Christine Abbott, and Dennis Runde (2008 – Addison Wesley)

Notice how some of these books were published in the 1960s. It’s pretty clear that this mathematical subject area has not aged at all as these older books are still in use today.

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