Echoing the Physics Meta question on this topic, does Math.SE have the will and use case for building a community list of books? Such a list has successfully been curated on the Physics.SE, and I would honestly appreciate this for mathematics. The Math.SE community has discussed the need for tags, and there does exist a book-recommendation tag. One can also see that there are numerous questions requesting for book recommendations on a variety of subjects. These observations suggest to me that there might be a want and use case, but I would appreciate the perspectives of others that have ideas about this option.

Do we need/want an overarching books question?


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No, for the same reason the question has been closed on Physics.SE:

"As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion."

Like with all questions, book-recommendation answers must be supported by facts, references, etc. There are many answers limited to "I like this book". A curated list would likely offer no way to check why precisely a book has been chosen. Something that could be done in a specific case, with answers adapted to the level and aspirations of the asker.

A curated list represents the opinion of its author(s). It's good for a blog.

Edit: I may have misunderstood the question. The curated list you point to is a list of links to Physics.SE questions. If I understand correctly now, book-recommendation questions with good answers were selected. Such a list is useful.

  • $\begingroup$ That may be due to the post intentionally being edit-only: This question's answers are a community effort. Edit existing answers to improve this post. It is not currently accepting new answers or interactions. $\endgroup$
    – Galen
    Jun 29, 2021 at 21:12
  • $\begingroup$ An edit-only approach probably removes needless discussions, and possibly improves the signal-to-noise-ratio of the contributed edits. $\endgroup$
    – Galen
    Jun 29, 2021 at 21:14
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    $\begingroup$ Ah! You're right, I did not add the fact that the list links to existing recommendations with good answers. Thank you for pointing that out. $\endgroup$
    – Galen
    Jun 29, 2021 at 21:20

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