on November 24, 2015
This was the first math methods text that I purchased. It was the recommended text for my 2nd year course in mathematics for physics students. This book seems to be a standard text for this type course, being used at many universities. The book served the course well, however, with the course finished and the book now on my shelf it is not the first place I would look for a refresher. The material presented in the book is well done and is a necessary hurdle for the aspiring science student.
University textbooks fall into one of two categories in my opinion.
(1) The first category of textbooks are usually physically large, hard cover, glossy paged, bricks that are written relatively recently with average to poor descriptions sometimes ad nauseam. They will get you through the intended course, if you are not too insulted by the price you spent on them. They are used and in most cases sold following the course. These type books are common in the first few years of university.
(2) The second category of textbooks are usually smaller, written from a far more in-depth standpoint and provide concise and elegant descriptions. These are usually older books but could be new if the scientific topic is new. These books will open up your eyes and truly teach you, provided you put in the effort to read them, maybe twice. These texts range in cost, but in many cases are less expensive than the first category. If you are lucky your undergrad Prof will use books in this category, but you will usually find them in later graduate studies.
This text is well written, however, the material presented does not warrant the cost. I would place this text in category (1). There are several other texts that could be used in its place that cover the same and more material.