Mathematical Physics: A Modern Introduction to Its Foundations Hardcover – Dec 21 1998
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Review by Daniel Wojcik, University of Maryland
"This volume should be a welcome addition to any collection. The book is well written and explanations are usually clear. Lives of famous mathematicians and physicists are scattered within the book. They are quite extended, often amusing, making nice interludes. Numerous exercises help the student practice the methods introduced. … I have recently been using this book for an extended time and acquired a liking for it. Among all the available books treating mathematical methods of physics this one certainly stands out and assuredly it would suit the needs of many physics readers."
Review by G.Roepstorff, University of Aachen, Germany
"… Unlike most existing texts with the same emphasis and audience, which are merely collections of facts and formulas, the present book is more systematic, self-contained, with a level of presentation that tends to be more formal and abstract. This entails proving a large number of theorems, lemmas, and corollaries, deferring most of the applications that physics students might be interested in to the example sections in small print. Indeed, there are 350 worked-out examples and about 850 problems. … A very nice feature is the way the author intertwines the formalism with the life stories and anecdotes of some mathematicians and physicists, leading at their times. As is often the case, the historical view point helps to understand and appreciate the ideas presented in the text. … For the physics student in the middle of his training, it will certainly prove to be extremely useful."
Review by Paul Davies, Orion Productions, Adelaide, Australia
"I am pleased to have so many topics collected in a single volume. All the tricks are there of course, but supported by sufficient rigour and substantiation to make the dedicated mathematical physicist sigh with delight."
EMS [EUROPEAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY] NEWSLETTER
"This book is a condensed exposition of the mathematics that is met in most parts of physics. The presentation attains a very good balance between the formal introduction of concepts, theorems and proofs on one hand, and the applied approach on the other, with many examples, fully or partially solved problems, and historical remarks. An impressive amount of mathematics is covered. … This book can be warmly recommended as a basic source for the study of mathematics for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students in physics and applied mathematics, and also as a reference book for all working mathematicians and physicists."
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Sadri Hassani, Department of Physics, Illinois State University, USA
Top Customer Reviews
The book is divided into eight parts, each comprising three or four chapters, on: Finite-dimensional Vector Spaces, Infinite-dimensional Vector Spaces, Complex Analysis, Differential Equations, Operators on Hilbert Spaces, Green's Functions, Groups and Manifolds, Lie Groups and Applications. Fear not: although it isn't designed for freshmen, it emphatically isn't the sort of math book where you have to crack the code to get any benefit.
The layout is excellent, there are many, many worked examples, and I found very few slips or typos. One black mark, the reason I don't give it 5 stars: although there are a massive 850 problems, there are no solutions (just like Byron & Fuller). Unless you're confident in your mathematical ability, you may find that a drawback for self-study. Finally, a word to the wise: check out this title at amazon.co.uk (provided you aren't in a hurry).
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