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My Favorite Textbooks

I find most textbooks to be basically unreadable. Worse still, when I google “best X textbook”, I frequently land on a “classic” textbook that feels like it was written by a fucking reptiloid for people with an entirely different from mine intelligence architecture. I hate formalism. I hate long mechanical derivations. I love thinking in pictures. I love intuitive, explainlikeim5 explanations. I believe that examples should precede definitions, not follow them.

Thus, a list of my favorite textbooks/educational materials; all of them are either free or available on libgen.

(if you feel that your learning style is similar to mine, do share your own favorite texts/materials not on this list!)

Linear algebra

Lecture notes by Vipul Naik. Note: these notes are targeted at social science majors; all Vipul’s course materials, including quizzes and answers to them are here. No bullshit guide to linear algebra by Ivan Savov no bullshit (https://minireference.com/) Essense of linear algebra* by 3Blue1Brown

Calculus

Calculus by Michael Spivak. Note: you absolutely need somebody to guide you/help with the problems from the book. The Correct™ way to self-study books like this is to email a professor at a local college and ask them if they could help you with stuff you don’t understand and problems (hint: they will be happy to help).

Multivariable calculus

Matec Notes by Alexey Guzey. Note: once I was so angry at the course’s main textbook that I wrote my own set of lecture notes for it; naturally, it has an econ taste to it.

Lecture notes by Vipul Naik. Note: these notes are targeted at social science majors; all Vipul’s course materials, including quizzes and answers to them are here.

Topology

Topology Without Tears by Sidney A. Morris.

Algorithms

Algorithms by Tim Roughgarden (Stanford University). Part 1. Part 2. Note: this is a MOOC, not a textbook. But too good not to be included

Computation Theory

Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Michael Sipser. Note: this book was the basis for the Algorithms-2 course I took at the university.

Microeconomics

Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach by Hal Varian.

Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics by Olivier Blanchard.

Econometrics

Introduction to Econometrics by Christopher Dougherty. Note: lmk if you need solutions for it.

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By Michael E. Karpeles


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