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Differential Equations: An Introduction to Modern Methods and Applications 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471651413
ISBN-10: 0471651419
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William E. Boyce received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Rhodes College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is currently the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Science Education (Department of Mathematical Sciences) at Rensselaer. He is the author of numerous technical papers in boundary value problems and random differential equations and their applications. He is the author of several textbooks including two differential equations texts, and is the coauthor (with M.H. Holmes, J.G. Ecker, andW.L. Siegmann) of a text on using Maple to explore Calculus. He is also coauthor (with R.L. Borrelli and C.S. Coleman) of Differential Equations LaboratoryWorkbook (Wiley 1992), which received the EDUCOMBest Mathematics Curricular InnovationAward in 1993. Professor Boyce was a member of the NSF-sponsored CODEE (Consortium for Ordinary Differential Equations Experiments) that led to the widely-acclaimed ODE Architect. He has also been active in curriculum innovation and reform. Among other things, he was the initiator of the "Computers in Calculus" project at Rensselaer, partially supported by the NSF. In 1991 he received the William H.Wiley Distinguished FacultyAward given by Rensselaer.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471651419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471651413
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Never before have I encountered a [Math] book with as many words as the one that I am currently writing a review for. Rather than show the reader visually of why things are, the authors have taken it upon themselves to take the approach of explaining via verbose text why things are. While some may find this a better approach, the fact that there exists very little examples proves this method futile and frustrating. The ONLY thing salvageable from this book is the inclusion of the answers in the back of the book. Even then, if one wants to truly learn differential equations, another book should be sought.
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This book is poorly written, overly verbose, and poorly structured. After having consulted some other references, having figured out how to do the problems, and having completed the assigned problems, I am still unable to make ANY sense at all out of the book's explanations. Another specific criticism: In just about every section, the author introduces some new method or theorem in the problems, leaving the exercise to the reader. These introductions are very incomplete, and leave students groping in the dark. Then there are additional problems, "Using the method of problem x, solve..." Quite frustrating. Seriously, textbook publishers give free books to instructors... Do they look at them before making a selection? And for the price of this book, I expect to be able to learn differential equations just by putting the book under my pillow at night.
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Just looked back at this book a year after taking the class.

Don't miss class, because this book can't explain anything.
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I purchased this book for my son and was happy to see that the content has been reviewed from a book by the same author I used in College for this subject. The shipment arrived as expected and we are happy with the book
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