What is a list of basic books on math?

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At school I failed maths (maybe well taught, but I don't remember). While mathematics is very important. Happy programming, but are constantly faced with school problems: lack of knowledge of fundamental mathematical algorithms, geometry, no logarithms, etc. What books can you recommend to eliminate this gap? It is important to note that I'm a working man, and the amount of time for reading is limited (that is, any complete history of mathematics in 24 volumes is not suitable). It is desirable that the workbook was read, if possible, easy to have been written with interesting language and contained not only a dry formula, but the "human" explanation of what, why, and how, and what follows from this.
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The best reference on the foundations of mathematics that I have met is:
Profitable M. J. "Handbook of elementary mathematics"
Profitable M. J. "Handbook of mathematics"
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"Handbook of elementary mathematics" is written in a very entertaining manner, with a short historical essays, which is very useful to understand in the context of "why so?" Besides, despite its small size, this reference contains much more useful information than the school curriculum in mathematics.
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Mathematics a pure theory cannot grasp. My advice to You — buy or download "Collection of tasks for entering into technical colleges," by M. I. Skanavi. This collection of problems is organized into different levels of complexity. There is also a brief costs from the theory. Start to decide when you feel a lack in theory there is Wikipedia, Google, thematic forums. Good luck with your studying!..
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View in the direction of the Courant, Robbins "What is mathematics?"
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Try to start the Fun X
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If you are interested in higher mathematics, a brief and clear — Dmitry Writing — lecture Notes in mathematics / lecture Notes on probability theory.
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Great books, studied, prepared for exams.
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Try the "What is math?" R. Courant, H. Robbins
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He only thumbed through, but I liked it.
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I think that the book of Graham and Knut in "Concrete mathematics." — exactly what you need.
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