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Decent Book for Graduate work but not good main text
on October 2, 2003
I used this book in an introductory Complex Variables course in a top 20 ranked US college. I enjoyed the authors clear explaination of material and clearly british sense of humor. Unfortunately I felt it lacked a great deal of rigor. Proofs were often either just sketched or pictorally shown. I understand that it was the author's objective to give a purely goemetric approach, but I felt that more detail was needed. When I needed to use ideas such as residue classes and other important complex variable conecepts in later math courses, my background was weak.
I agree that the book does have merits. It takes the field of complex variables and looks at it in another way. I do feel though, that a more traditional book would be better to first secure undersatanding of the material. If a student were to continue to graduate work or want to learn more about complex variables, this would be a good supplement. I do not feel though, that this book is a good main, first text.