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A Course in Mathematics for Students of Physics: Volume 2 Paperback – August 30, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0521406505 ISBN-10: 0521406501

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Product Details

  • Series: Course in Mathematics for Students of Physics (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521406501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521406505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This textbook (Vol. 1 & 2) is a well-written and well illustrated introduction to the mathematics of modern physics. The combination of mathematics and physical applications provides an excellent learning environment for students of physics and for scientists wishing to upgrade their education. This textbook emphasizes the geometric visualization of mathematical equations, and tries to develop in the student an intuitive feel for the mathematics. Overall, this book is a welcomed introduction to the mathematics required in modern physics." La Physique au Canada

"The beauty of the book lies in the examples used to illustrate the mathematical concepts." Roger Waxler, Siam Review

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This textbook covers the theory and physical applications of linear algebra and of the calculus of several variables, particularly the exterior calculus. It uses the 'spiral' method of teaching ñ covering the same topic several times with increasing depth and range of application in order to give the reader an intuitive understanding of the subject.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kumar on August 29, 2002
In short, I find this kind of a book very rare indeed.
If you are doing physics and electronics at the undergraduate level, this book will open your eyes to a whole new unified approach to several on-the-surface different topics. I wonder why many course designer's haven't looked at this book and realized how accessible it has made some of the relatively modern concepts. The authors laudably attend on each concept with a passion to make the reader confident of grasping at least a few different ways of looking at it, keeping the core well in view all the time. It is also to their credit to have kept the beauty in the ideas intact with a good balance of abstraction and concrete instances.
In particular, the authors treatment of exterior calculus is an eye opener if you are new to the topic. For a student only exposed to traditional methods, it is a revealer to see the laws of linear electrical circuits as well as Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism being expressed in precisely the same language. It is totally to the credit of the authors to have presented the concepts in such a simple to understand progression. For example, they make you see clearly why you have understood the divergence theorem or Stokes theorem of conventional vector calculus if you've grasped the essence of the calculus of functions of a single variable. Its a fantastic voyage folks, and you've got some of the best guides methinks.
All those who find physics and mathematics a drag at college should grab this book and be enlightened. I wish they fix some of the errors in the book in future editions, but the errors don't at all hinder the learning.
Ten thumbs up!
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