You should familiarise yourself with the following document: MA100 - Background You Should Know and Exercises
Students often also ask about preparatory reading. The advice we usually give is that students should consider buying 'Mathematics for Economics and Finance' by Martin Anthony and Norman Biggs, (Cambridge University Press, 1996), as pre-reading for the mathematics courses. Although this is not a set text for any of the first-year courses, it is a good introduction to the ways in which mathematics and economics work together.
Much of university level mathematics is concerned with formal proofs and rigorous mathematical argument, and this is necessary for some of the advanced mathematics required in finance, economics, and other fields of application. For an introduction, we recommend:
- L Alcock, How to Study for a Mathematics Degree (Oxford University Press, 2013)
- R Allenby, Numbers and Proofs (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997)
- A Dilnot, The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers (Profile books, 2007)
- P Eccles, An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (Cambridge University Press, 1997)
- D Hand, Statistics: a very short introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008)
We recommend that you do not buy books for your courses in advance. Many courses will not require books, and multiple copies of important books will be available in the LSE Library. Also, courses are not finalised until close to the start of the year, and you may end up buying expensive books that go unused.