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Introduction to Applied Mathematics
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In short, Strang's book is an elegant masterpiece. As a former college math major and current University science professor who uses computation daily in research, this is the best general "applied math" book I've ever seen. I highly recommend it to every graduate student and postdoc who passes through my lab. It is not a textbook in the usual sense, and is thus very different from Strang's much more widely known linear algebra texts. The level of the book is very mixed; parts are very elementary, and other sections really require advanced graduate background to fully comprehend. The book is "modern" in every sense, full of opinions and marvelous insights, and even very witty in places. As one example, the book completely skips the series solutions to the diffusion equation (about which most "applied math" books drone on for far too many pages) and cuts right to the Gaussian kernel solution. The discussion of Fourier analysis is fresh and excellent. The grouping of many ideas under the umbrella of "approach to equilibrium" and "minimum principles" is a superior organization. There are many other modernisms like these.... too many to count. Just from reading the preface, you can tell that this book was a labor of love for Strang, and it needs to be taken as such. Do not buy this book to cram for an exam -- buy it, and refer back to it often, to really learn modern applied math.
An excellent math methods book for engineers and physicists.
chapters 1. symmetric linear systems 2. equilibrium equations 3. equilibrium in the continuous case 4. analytical methods 5. numerical methods 6. initial-value problems 7. network flows and combinatorics 8. optimization
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read a number of books on the topic. Strang's well though-out explanations are insightful. I highly recommend this book.Published 15 months ago by Paul
It is impossible to learn anything new from this book alone. The way that the material is presented is absolutely brilliant if you already have a decent understanding of the... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Ryan Viertel
This is a rather quirky book: It deals with a lot of subjects from a personal view of the author who has an obviously enormous mathematical culture, and whizzes us though a great... Read morePublished on June 24, 2010 by M. Henri De Feraudy
most of the positive reviews about this book here are given by phd math students or advanced graduate level student. Clearly for undergraduates this book is horrible. Read morePublished on January 25, 2008 by reader