Dmitri Tymoczko dmitri at princeton.edu
Thu Apr 26 06:45:26 PDT 2012

I really agree that theory textbooks are too long -- I think an optimal introductory textbook would be much shorter and more focused on the core information that students really need to remember.  If I ever write a textbook (and I think about it sometimes) I will try to make it short.

I've always suspected that a key driver here is the economics of the textbook industry, rather than any underlying pedagogical need.  Perhaps it's as simple as this: textbook publishers want to charge a lot of money for their books, and they think it's easier to do this with a 600-page hardback than a 200-page paperback.


Dmitri Tymoczko
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