About this book
Using the W.L. Putnam Mathematical Competition for undergraduates as an inspiring symbol to build an appropriate math background for graduate studies in pure or applied mathematics, the reader is eased into transitioning from problem-solving at the high school level to the university and beyond, that is, to mathematical research. This work may be used as a study guide for the Putnam exam, as a text for many different problem-solving courses, and as a source of problems for standard courses in undergraduate mathematics. Putnam and Beyond is organized for independent study by undergraduate and graduate students,as well as teachers and researchers in the physical sciences who wish to expand their mathematical horizons.
Reviews of the first edition:
The reviewer recommends this book to all students curious about the force of mathematics, especially those who are bored at school and ready for a challenge. Teachers would find this book to be a welcome resource, as will contest organizers.
—Teodora-Liliana Radulescu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1122 (24), 2007
…This extraordinary book can be read for fun. However, it can also serve as a textbook for preparation for the Putnam … for an advanced problem-solving course, or even as an overview of undergraduate mathematics. … it could certainly serve as a great review for senior-level students.
— Donald L. Vestal, MathDL, December, 2007