Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, 2nd Edition Hardcover – 6 April 1983
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- ASIN : 0471044091
- Publisher : John Wiley & Sons; 2 edition (6 April 1983)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 816 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780471044093
- ISBN-13 : 978-0471044093
- Dimensions : 16.15 x 3.54 x 24.2 cm
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A good textbookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 January 2014
I purchased this as it was on my reading list as the alternative textbook to the one my course uses. In my opinion, it is one of the better undergraduate textbooks in its category. Although it is quite word-heavy for a mathematics textbook, and the style is somewhat dated, the quality of the instruction and the attention to detail is excellent. It covers virtually all of the mathematics needed for a degree in a science subject, and is less focused on one discipline, unlike some similar textbooks. What this means for the student is that the applied examples tend to be more varied, and often, more rounded and interesting- the same mathematical tools can appear in quite different physical situations. The selling point for this textbook is that its broader scope has the advantage of separating the abstract mathematics from its scientific context, meaning that each element- the mathematical skill and the scientific intuition, can be learned and developed separately. This is ideal where the mathematics content of the course is taught alongside the other modules rather than as a preliminary- this book has been a lifesaver on many occasions where lecture courses on applied content overtake the mathematics teaching.
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A Great SurvivorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 December 2012
My original copy of this tome lay barely opened from 1972 'til 2006 when my daughter trotted off to read physics at uni. She found it invaluable and still does as she plies her way in post grad physics. I then returned to uni to give astrophysics a go and now we fight over the first copy, hence I've bought another copy second hand for her for Xmas, cheap or what! Incidentally when I mentioned BOAS to one of my profs he turned around and placed his very worn copy on to his desk and basically swore by [on?] it.
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One of the best maths methods booksReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 April 2017
An excellent book that has evolved a little over the 45 years I have been using it (since school), but remains not too encyclopedic. It remains one of the more compact versions of mathematical methods, and very well illustrated with examples and problems.
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 August 2017
It will make you a better being.
Very detailed summary of pretty well all the key mathematical methods needed for degree level PhysicsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 May 2014
It is great to see a book which gathers together ion one place the key mathematics used for degree level Physics. A great reference book.