Fourier Analysis: An Introduction (Princeton Lectures in Analysis)

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Elias M. Stein is Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Rami Shakarchi received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 2002.
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  • Series: Princeton Lectures in Analysis (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069111384X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691113845
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "zoran80132" on July 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished a class with the book as its main textbook. The book is well written, but you honestly have to work through each page with pen and paper in hand filling in the omitted steps. Nothing is spoon-fed to you. The exercises are very challenging while the problems develop small theories. If you work through the pain and sweat through the exercises, you will at the end of the book greatly improve your skills and intuition.
The author Stein is a leader in his field and has provided plenty of depth and breadth. This also means that he is on a different level and an argument that he calls "simple" has quite often taken me two pages to justify. However, if you put in the effort it will pay off tenfold.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ch0ni on December 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I used this book for an undergraduate-level course in Fourier analysis. It is an excellent text, although I would recommend the prospective learner to take a basic course in real analysis first (or perhaps concurrently, if the learner dares!). With my experience in analysis, it proved very readable. In fact, it strengthened my understanding of (and even interest in!) analysis, as it provides a fruitful application of the subject--one gets to see various important analysis ideas and techniques used in context. One could almost say that the text is an excellent complement to real analysis to help the ideas jell. On the other hand, perhaps it is theoretically possible to use this book as a springboard into learning analysis. The proofs do gloss over some details, which as the previous reviewer noted, can make things tough going at times... I actually found this useful (again, perhaps because of analysis experience), as it omits just enough detail to stay focused on the subject at hand (being too pedantic is likely to make those of shorter attention spans, such as myself, want to wander away), and yet supplies enough detail to remind the reader of the underlying theory, and that all this stuff is mathematically rigorously justified.

The course I took was actually a brand-new course created at the undergraduate level, and was structured around the book, which had also just come out at the time. I can say with confidence that the course was a success, which is pretty unusual for something hot off the press (true, the book itself was based on lectures, but every university has its quirks...).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Georg Essl on March 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a somewhat biased review because sometimes I find myself searching for a good reference that treats a subject matter that is well-known in an easy, direct and accessible way. When I find such a book I end up relieved. This is what happened with the book by Stein and Shakarchi titled "Fourier Analysis".

In my case the search was for easy and accessible treatement of the theory of distributions in general and its applications to the wave equation in particular.

There are a number of references that treat this subject matter but all the ones I know of do this from a more advanced point of view. Stein and Shakarchi's book stems from an undergraduate lecture sequence thought at Princeton and the level of the text is indeed appropriate for the bright undergraduate who may or may not major in mathematics later on.

This is unlike PDE books by Taylor, or lecture notes by Melrose, or even the tiny booklet by Friedlander and Joshi that introduce distributions and their application to PDEs (like the wave equation) and certainly unlike Hörmanders comprehensive 4-volume treatment of the whole subject matter. All these references shoot significantly higher in terms of technical sophistication and I'd certainly not recommend them to typical engineering students for self-study. As possible exception I might mention Shubin's PDE books and encyclopedia contributions but they are more terse than the book under review and give less ground to more introductory matters.

Not so the book under review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By folderol50 on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I took many semesters of analysis in college as a math major, and I think I learned more useful knowledge from this book than from all those classes. Of course the classes helped prepare me to absorb what's in the book, but still it seems to me that the book strikes a good balance between generality and comprehensibility. Many of the books I used in school were too focussed on proving the most general version of every theorem, and failed to provide motivation or useful experience with the objects which the theorems actually describe. By taking fourier series as the motivating idea, the authors capture the historical spirit of the subject as well as that aspect of it which students are most likely to use in real work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By areader on July 15, 2007
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This is a very nice book in Fourier analysis with strong applications or examples in elementary partial differential equations. It is the first book of the four volumes set in the Princeton Lectures in Analysis. However, it is not an introductory text and some background in elementary analysis is required to fully appreciate its content.
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