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I recently needed a copy of
Mathematical Gems III by Ross Honsberger
since I found out that a problem I was
working on has a variant that is in that book.
I didn't mind getting a copy since I have some of his other books
and they have lots of nice math problems and concepts.
When I went to amazon I found the following
with one difference- there was also a copy available for $10.00, which
I bought. Now There are only two left:
one for $164.59 and one for
At that price I would not have bought it
(Its in the Library of a nearby school.)
(NOTE- by the time you the price may have been reduced.)
Unless the book contains actual gems, I cannot imagine
that its worth $160.00.
On the one hand, it is in hardcover and one reviewer gave it 5 stars.
On the other hand, $160.00???
I cannot imagine anyone paying that price for it
There are many good books of this type
(e.g., Math Gems I is around $10.00, Math Gems II is around $27.00,
there are plenty of websites of nice math stuff for free),
so it is unlikely that someone really needs this particular
book that badly. I may be the one who comes closest since
I need the reference, but I wouldn't pay that kind of money.
This is in contrast to high level monographs which
may be the only source on that material. But even that
may fade as the web gets more and more for free.