Solutions of Selected Problems for Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences Paperback – 1984
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In my school, we do not have a mathematical methods course for science, so I decided to take on a math minor to take all the classes neccesary to do physics "right." This included a class on ODEs, Fourier Series & PDEs, Linear Algebra, and Complex Variables. These classes, although helpful, cover a lot of stuff that is not quite useful for understanding physics concepts, often undermining or dampening the stuff that is actually applicable.
What makes this book so great is that it combines all the essential math concepts into one compact, clearly written reference. If I could do it all over again, I would easily rather take a two semester Math Methods course (like they do in many schools) using a book like Boas than take all these obtuse math courses. With this book, it makes it so handy to review previously learned concepts or actually learn poorly presented topics ( for a physicist anyway) in mathematics classes... (Things like Coordinate Transformations, Tensors, Special Functions & PDEs in spherical & cylindrical coordinates, Diagonilzation, the list goes on.....)
Keep this gem handy when doing homework and studying for exams, learning the math tools from this book enables you to concentrate squarely on the physics in your other textbooks... (since mathematical background information, understandably, is often cut short...)
You are always given the receipe, and, yes, this receipes will help you solve most problems and prepare for most examinations, but will you really understand MATHEMATICS behind the problems?
The solution in my opinion is to get hold of a few good and rigorous books on calculus, advanced calculus, variational methods, elements of complex analysis and basics of functional analysis. Once you have worked through them you can read M.Boas and really understand and appreciate the book. But the question is: will you need M.Boas then?
If you are a graduate student in physics or engineering and want to buy this book for reference, it will be a good start for the first year courses but won't help you much after that.
Readibility of this book is excellent. You will understand most of the concepts and examples presented.
Bottomline: This is a must have book for engineers and physicists.
I really can't say enough good things about this wonderful little book. If you only buy one book for your physics course, do yourself a favour and buy this one.
It covers practically every useful math technique for physics, and never assumes that you're a genius (unlike other books). Each step is explained in clear, refreshing language and in a very logical order. From Laplacian transforms to Fourier series to ODEs, each subject is introduced so well that, even when I've missed a lecture, I can understand the topic just from reading it.
Highly recommended and worth the price, this is one book physics undergraduates should have. The only thing else needed with it is the solutions manual.
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It is not only well written, it has lots of worked examples! It is not as comprehensive as some "standards" such as Arfkin or Butkov, but it is much more useful for... Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Eric Landahl
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In the world of science literature, physics and mathematics in particular, there exist a few outstanding works, illuminating the horizon like a pilot light in the dark. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by Robert Gloor
It hit me today that I need my Boas.
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One of the most elegant texts I have ever learned from and have myself used. Mary Boas is simply the best in explaining and presenting examples of ODEs, PDEs, Fourier Series,... Read morePublished on July 18 2001 by Dr. R. Vento