- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 13, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521848865
- ISBN-13: 978-0521848862
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,666,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
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"This is an introductory book on the subject of partial differential equations which is suitable for a large variety of basic courses on this topic. In particular, it can be used as a textbook or self-study book for large classes of readers with interests in mathematics, engineering, and related fields. Its usefulness stems from its clarity, balance and conciseness, achieved without compromising the mathematical rigor. One particularly attractive feature is the way in which the authors managed to emphasize the relevance of the theoretical tools in connection with practical applications."
A complete introduction to partial differential equations, this textbook provides a rigorous yet accessible guide to students in mathematics, physics and engineering. The presentation is lively and up to date, paying particular emphasis to developing an appreciation of underlying mathematical theory. There is a rich collection of worked examples and exercises to accompany the text, along with a large number of illustrations and graphs to provide insight into the numerical examples. Solutions to selected exercises are included for students whilst full solution sets are available to lecturers from email@example.com.
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DO NOT BUY THE EBOOK VERSION OF THIS BOOK
The Kindle ebook version of this book that I just purchased is complete garbage. Speaking as somebody who has better than 20/20 vision, the equations (the most important parts, obviously) are displayed so small that the only way to read them is to make the font size so large that only two or three words will fit on a line. I tried on both my ipad and laptop apps, and the issue is the same on both. This makes the book almost entirely useless.
I am severely disappointed in the quality control leading to this version's availability. Did anybody even look at this before publishing it and selling it for $50? A momentary glance would have made this glaring problem unignorably obvious. Thanks to the publishers and/or Amazon for wasting my time. Hopefully I can at least get a refund.
Usually when you have questions after a lecture, you go back and read the chapter of the book corresponding to this material. But this book doesn't allow you to do that, no matter how hard you try. The explanations skip steps, don't motivate the material, use words they haven't defined, and back up their arguments with diagrams that are not explained. I could go on and on, but why bother? The point is, the flaws I outlined are repeated over and over again, so the authors weren't interested in exposing the student to an exciting field while writing this book. The problem with people who understand very advanced material, is that it takes a completely different skill to teach it to someone. These authors wrote this book as if explaining something in their own words to themselves, but not assuming the elementary knowledge of someone who may first encounter these ideas. (By the way, isn't that known in logic as "begging the question", or "preaching to the choir"?)
So take this review with a grain of salt (like you should all reviews) but don't say I haven't warned you!
Good luck and I hope you get a GREAT professor.