- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 4th edition (December 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393925161
- ISBN-13: 978-0393925166
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Div, Grad, Curl, and All That: An Informal Text on Vector Calculus (Fourth Edition) 4th Edition
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H. M. Schey is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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I don't fully agree with the other reviewers that say this is a good book for engineers - a more rigorous treatment should be mandatory for anyone in science or engineering (note: I'm currently doing electrical engineering graduate work). For people learning the material for the first time - this would a fantastic add-on for a more rigorous treatment from another book. It also makes for an excellent review for people who need to brush up (like I did) on vector calculus. The figures in particular are simple, yet very effective in explaining the concepts. Either way, it's a must have for any applied scientists/engineers/math teacher's shelf.
Schey takes his time explaining all the concepts of vector calculus, in the context of Maxwell's equations, without the formality/rigorousness in "proper" math texts- even the definitions and proofs of the main theorems are explained from a physical standpoint. Indeed, Schey remarks that "rigorous" is just a synonym for "useless". The emphasis is on learning the concepts intuitively and physically, rather than just memorizing formulas. I think this would be a wonderful supplement (for engineers) to a traditional calculus course- but not really that great for learning the material for the first time. I very highly recommend this book as a refresher, especially if you are a graduate student and you are just expected to know everything about vector calculus like the back of your hand.