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on May 25, 2000
Partial differential equations can be obscure, and are often not dealt with at all at the undergraduate level. Assuming only a reasonable familiarity with calculus and ordinary differential equations, this book is extraordinarily clear and even enjoyable. Divided into neat, digestible segments suitable for self-study, I found it a very useful introduction to PDE's, covering a very broad range of topics and examples. My only suggestion for improvement would be a more up-to-date review of numeric methods using a computer algebra system. Nonetheless, even this section (examples intended to be worked by hand) is very clear and makes alternate texts much easier to absorb. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to be more comfortable with PDEs.
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on May 6, 1998
We all had to go through the drudgery of PDE's in undergraduate courses and except if you're a math major your knowledge of the methods of solution will probably stop at separation of variables, Laplace transform and D'Alembert. This book is an excellent review of a host of methods for solution but what is more important is the physical interpretation of the PDE's the author insists on. Most of the physical examples are drawn from the fields of heat and mechanics but they can be easily applied to electromagnetic and semiconductor charge transport problems. Every aspiring senior in an engineering discipline should study this book for his own good.
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on October 30, 2001
This is a excellent reference for those interested only in solving PDEs without getting lost with their intimacies. I widely recommended it, for me has been quite useful. This an example of a simple treatment of a very complex subject.
Excelente libro para aquellos que requieran resolver ecuaciones diferenciales parciales sin que por ello estén dispuestos a leer capítulos enteros de fórmulas y procedimientos intrincados. Este es el libro más concreto y completo de ecuaciones diferenciales parciales que yo he leido alguna vez. Altamente Recomendable.
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on April 13, 2011
This book is divided in classes instead of chapters. It's probably more practical or pedagogical, but is not scientific elegant. If you need a quick reference on PDE, and you don't care the elegance or the logical continuity of the contents, this is a good option, specially for the price.
If you need something more advanced, try "Advanced Calculus for Applications" by Francis B. Hildebrand, which is a sort of "Handbook of Calculus": a lot of "How-to's", with references to the "why's". However, it is more expensive than this one
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on September 22, 2002
As the title implies, this book is not intended to mathematicians, although it could finely serve as additional text for them, too. On the other hand it is excellent as an itroductory overview of the types of PDE's met and the methods used for their solution. There are references to more advanced texts for the interested, excercises in each chapter and, most importantly, nice, qualitative remarks on the properties of mathematical tools (like Fourier and Laplace transform) which help the reader to comprehend them.
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on September 27, 2015
This book is good, but not what I expected. It would be good for use as a refresher for someone already pretty good at solving differential equations. If you are new to Partial Differential Equations or looking to relearn the subject I would recommend a companion text.

This book is broken down into lessons (chapters) with problems to solve at the end of each. I do really like that there are additional reading suggestions at the end of each chapter.
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on September 5, 2000
Before you read this book: Read up to page 200 or so of "fourier series" by Georgi P. Tolstov. Learn a basic to moderate amount of Ordinary differential equations and a large helping of single varible calculus and a little multivariate calculus. (A small amount of physics may help too).After that this books becomes the most clear and overall well written book on the introduction of partial differential equations EVER!
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on July 9, 2014
This book is great. I have read few books on the subject and this one contains a surprisingly large amount of information which is presented in a down to ear way. It uses real physic examples so that the reader can develop a feeling of the maths involved. It is very oriented for class and teaching. The notation follows perfectly common standards and is coherent. For the price, this book is a must have and can be used for reference.
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on February 28, 2001
the subject of PDE's looks vague and scary for most students, even for those with math background.This book is probably the best education, self-study material available for the subject.It covers all the important aspects with very clear explanations .I bought it as a secondary book for my PDE course based on the amazon's reviews and it was really a very nice experience. Worth more than... and highly recommended
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on November 25, 1998
Briefly, I found Farlow very acessible and at times amazingly clear in his exposition of the fundamentals of pde. His analysis of the 1-D heat equation with natural bcs; second derivative in space with clamped conditions leading to periodic functions and first order derivative of temp w.r.t to time leading to an exponentially decaying solution. Super job!!
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