Top 20 World’s Best Universities

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/harvard-tops-us-news-world-150403455.html

These 20 are purely anglophone universities — USA (16), UK(3), Canada (1).

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Other Asian universities:

Tokyo University (24th)
Beijing University (39th)
Hong Kong University (42th)
National University of Singapore (55th)
Japan Kyoto University (60th)
(China) Qing Hua University (67th)
(Korea) Seoul University (72th)
National Taiwan University (105th)
(China) Fudan University (108th)

Undergraduate Level Math Book Recommendations

Originally posted on Singapore Maths Tuition:

Highly Recommended Math Books for University Self Study

Recently, a viewer of my website asked if I was able to suggest any undergraduate level university textbooks for self study that follows the university curriculum at NUS (National University of Singapore).

Self-study is challenging but not impossible. Choosing a good and appropriate book of the right level is of crucial importance. For instance, for beginners to Calculus, I wouldn’t recommend Principles of Mathematical Analysis (International Series in Pure and Applied Mathematics) by Rudin. It is simply too difficult for beginners or even intermediate students. Any book by Bourbaki is also not suitable for beginners, for instance.

I would like to suggest the following books (mainly for Pure Mathematics). Ideally, the motivated student is able to self study and obtain the knowledge equivalent to a 4 Year course at a university.

The recommendations are divided into Year 1, Year 2, Year…

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French & German’s Secondary School Maths Comparison

A French math teacher’s insight in math classes in Germany (15 years old = Secondary 3) and France (16/17 years old in Sec 4 & Pre-U / JC 1):

The French Math is more theoretical while the German Math (like English Math) is applied. So the result is Germany produces excellent precision engineers with Applied Math, while France produces 1/3 of the World’s Fields Medalists in theoretical Pure Math.

Many English GCE A-level top Math students from Singapore studying in French Universities face the same dilemma: while their French Math professors think they are “weak” in Math (i.e. French abstract Pure Math), yet they beat the French classmates in Applied Math.

The ideal Math Education is to have the best of both worlds: the Applied Math used in science & engineering, and the theoretical Pure Math in its powerful generalisation capability for higher research & development.