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Mathematics for Physicists (Dover Books on Physics) [Paperback]

Philippe Dennery , André Krzywicki , Physics
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August 14, 1996 0486691934 978-0486691930
Excellent text provides thorough background in mathematics needed to understand today's more advanced topics in physics and engineering. Topics include theory of functions of a complex variable, linear vector spaces, tensor calculus, Fourier series and transforms, special functions, more. Rigorous theoretical development; problems solved in great detail. Bibliography. 1967 edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Physics
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (August 14, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486691934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486691930
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
This is easily the best book I have found for the purposes of an engineer (such as this reviewer), or perhaps a physicist, wishing to acquire certain areas of mathematics quickly. In my current work (in electromagnetics) I have had to brush-up-on/acquire topics including: function spaces; vector spaces; differential equations (with adjoint operators etc.); and Green's functions and identities. This book beats all others I consulted for this purpose. Although the book is seemless, chapters are mainly self-contained. The absence of problems/exercises is actually beneficial for my purposes, since the author has made the text correspondingly more complete. There are, however, a small number of judiciously placed examples, with quality rather than quantity being the author's apparent principle;- Once you have absorbed Professor Dennery's exposition of a particular topic, you are then aptly equiped to go to other texts for examples. In summary, this is a gem, Dennery is the 'Kubrick of maths writers'.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars readable and elegant account of mathematical physics January 23, 2006
Dennery and Krzywicki is somewhat unusual in the sense that it puts noticeable emphasis on the mathematical formalism and it

strives to give a broader picture of each topic instead of tedious algebraic manipulations for solving certain special problems that might not be of interest to everyone.

Moreover, the authors do not try to cover a very broad spectrum of topics and rather focus on the formal aspects of fewer mathematical subjects. Altough the book`s lacking of sections on group theory and differential geometry might be seen as glaring omissions, it excels didactically in all the topics it touches upon. Especially, its treatment of complex analysis and orthogonal polynomials is absolutely exceptional.

For those who want to have a reference work that contains almost every standard topic at senior undergraduate/beginning graduate level while not taking the mathematical elegance and rigor as a priority, Arfken`s text would be a better choice. For more advanced and up-to-date account of mathematical methods, I would recommend Hassani`s (Mathematical Physics) or Szekeres`s texts.

All in all, I find this text as an excellent work on graduate level mathematical physics and refer it constantly for my work.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book April 25, 2004
By A Customer
I strongly recommend this book! I am university lecturer and I was using it over recent years as a main source for the course
"Mathematical Methods in Physics". The material is well chosen,
supplemented with good examples which illustrate interesting and
non-trivial issues in an accessible for a student way.
It is a safe and a good buy!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much in too-little space. July 3, 2004
By A Customer
I would only recommend this book to people already fairly well-versed in the topics it covers. In this book, the authors attempt to cover FAR TOO MUCH material for such a short text. As a result, the reader ends up confused and with a feeling that the author isn't telling them NEARLY everything he knows, even about the basics. The book's coverage of complex analysis is truly pitiful, and I would recommend A Course of Modern Analysis by Whittaker and Watson, even at the much higher 60 dollar price, as a useful source on this topic. Concerning such topics as Lebesgue integration, Hilbert Space, and orthonormal bases--consult good books on real-analysis and/or functional analysis rather than this book. Perhaps the author's greatest mistake is the book's complete lack of excercizes and it's few-and-far-between, weak examples of applications to problems. That said, the reason I still gave this book three stars is that it is good in one way--namely, as a reference for those who already know the material.
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48 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There is a better book June 14, 2003
I recommend getting Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics by Byron and Fuller (also from Dover). You'll get more (quantity and quality) for your money. Mathematics For Physicists just isn't very good, poorly written compared to Math. of C. and Q. Physics.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathematics for Physicists by Dennery and Krzywicki January 16, 2003
This is a splendid textbook for both practicing engineers and scientists, not just physicists. It is a mine of useful techniques
and formulae and I would recommend it both as a reference text
for use when working and for general dipping into.
The book covers an extraordinarily wide amount of the sort of
mathematics that both students and professionals might use on a
day-to-day basis, and it clearly written and well laid out.
A very worthwhile purchase.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, easy to follow September 26, 2009
By irfan
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Having never really followed a course in a classroom, I have always tried to find books that are suitable for self-study. This book does an excellent job in that quarter. This is an excellent book for physicists looking for a familiar notation. Various subjects are treated rigorously and in an engaging manner. Definitely recommended for self study.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I studied this wonderful book for the math. for physicists class at Bogazici Univ., Turkey. We covered every part of this book, supplemented by Arfken. The elegant treatment of the diverse material is clear and easy to follow although the level is high and quite abstract. The drawbacks are lack of sufficient examples or exercises and occasional complexities in the text.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Cheap
This is a cheap and handy math reference. The book is very comprehensive, covering most topic one would need refreshing. I strongly recommend buying it.
Published 20 days ago by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars Good treatment of complex variables
I like the treatment of complex variables in this book, especially with respect to analytic continuation (pp.76-80). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ulfilas
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Treatment of Some Important Areas of the Subject
This is a great and somewhat unique text on Mathematical Physics. I basically learnt the theories of analytic functions and linear vector spaces from this book, with no prior... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sir Walter Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Compact, dense and comprehensive but....
The authors have condensed a universe of mathematics into single volume. While I am only able to skim the surface it is clear that there are sufficient depths here to satisfy many... Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by B. Abramson
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen and the Art of Mathematical Physics
I am a grad student taking an advanced course on math physics and god, is this book good. They write simply and clearly. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by Godshatter
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if you have some background beforehand
This is an excellent book if you have a little background beforehand of the topics covered in this book. Read more
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