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Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction 1st Edition
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The second edition (2007) adds new exercises, subject material, comments, and corrections throughout. Contentwise, after a brief and important introductory chapter (which should not be skipped by any reader!) the book first focuses on the properties and methods of solutions of the one-dimensional linear PDEs of hyperbolic and parabolic types. Then after two separate chapters, one on the trio of Dirichlet, Neumann, and Robin conditions and the other on the Fourier series, the author embarks upon the discussion of elliptic PDEs via the methods of harmonic analysis and Green's functions. Subsequently there is a brief introduction to the numerical techniques for finding approximate solutions to the three types of PDEs, mostly centered on the finite differences methods.Read more ›
People have complained Strauss may not have explained some proofs in as much detail as he could have, people complained that he didnt give enough examples, I think this is more of a problem with the readers than the writers. If you need someone to hold your hand through every step and detail, I think you should reconsider why you are studying what you study.-
I am an undergraduate at NYU, one of the best research institutes for PDE's. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it gives an amazing description of what PDE's are, how to solve them, and how they are used in science. One thing I REALLY enjoyed about this book was it did not do what many other books do: first dive into seperation of variables and focused only on that. Instead Strauss shows how to solve first and second order equations without boundary conditions, giving a very elegant prose doing so!
However, I think much of the problem that people are having with this book is that it's not a "one-size fits all." (Which I don't think any book can be!) If you are a Scienctist or Engineer and just want to learn PDE's to solve problems in science.. find another book, because this book is not the book for you.
That being said, if you are Mathematics student or interested in a more deep study of PDEs this is really a good book for you. You definitely should have taken Calc. 1-3, Linear Alegbra, ODE, and I recommend one semester of Analysis (for function spaces) before tackling this book, that is what I had, and I loved this course.
PDE is a difficult subject/course and Strauss does an amazing job at explaining it, if someone like me can get PDEs so well from this course, than I seriously believe that complaints about this book is due to fault in the readers and not the writer.
(Continue reading only if you have to use this book for a class)
If you are unfortunate enough to be forced to read this book, here is some advice:
It is explicitly stated in the preface that this book is intended
for undergraduates at the junior/senior level. I believe that in order to learn anything meaningful from Strauss, it requires that you have already had the following courses: calculus, multivariate calc (vector calc), linear algebra, analysis, and ordinary differential eqns. (Complex analysis, is not necessary, but does illuminate specific areas. Fourier analysis, is not necessary. Since half the books tries to establish main theorems of Fourier analysis--may I add, not at a rigorous level.Read more ›
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I used this book in my PDE class. Unfortunately, I have to self-study only, which makes the completeness of the book very important for me. Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by Trying2Learn1
I have only read bits of this book, but every time I read it I come to the same conclusion. I think the previous reviewers have highlighted the key problem with this book. Read morePublished on June 17, 2007 by Dr. C. A. Skilbeck
I used this book as a textbook for my undergrad class in PDE. The first few chapters were decent, however I found that as we dug deeper and deeper into the material, the textbook... Read morePublished on August 7, 2006 by Mathman
I read the first 6 chapters of this book and I have to say I'm disappointed.
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This text is probably quite useful if you already understand partial differential equations and just need to review topics that you have already covered and grasped in the past. Read morePublished on September 10, 2005 by calvinnme
I'm writing my first review just to improve this books ratings, since in my opinion, this book doesn't deserves anything below 4 stars. Read morePublished on November 27, 2003
This book isn't worth the paper it is printed on! I would give it ZERO stars if Amazon gave me the option. Read morePublished on November 20, 2003 by The Artful Dodger
This book is an unsuccessful attempt at incorporationg a vast amount of PDE-related topics into small amount of space. Read morePublished on August 30, 2003
I used this book in a tough applied math course, and the quality of this book did not help matters much. There are a couple of good things about this book. Read morePublished on July 1, 2003 by David Elder