- Hardcover: 864 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (July 22, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471198269
- ISBN-13: 978-0471198260
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 148 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences 3rd Edition
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“Bottom line: a good choice for a first methods course for physics majors. Serious students will want to follow this with specialized math courses in some of these topics.” (MAA Reviews, 13 November 2015)
About the Author
Mary L. Boas is currently professor emeritus in the physics department at DePaul University.
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Boas' book is a happy medium, and a far cry from the horrible textbook that plagued everyone in my undergraduate course. The class actually petitioned the instructor to change the textbook from the one assigned to this one. It's a little on the easy side, but it certainly doesn't lack in the detail or rigor one would expect from a math textbook, nor does it ignore physical applications and explanations like one might expect from a math textbook. Given the price at which I purchased it, I am very happy.
That said, the quality of the manufacturing is poor for the (new, unused) version I received. Leaflets of pages were actually loose and fell out of the book as I thumbed through it.. There was a hole in the middle of one of the pages - I don't even know how that happens. The entire thing feels "held together" rather than constructed. This isn't an issue for me, and as such I didn't take a star off, but ymmv.
If you're a student of engineering or science and you've made it through single variable calculus you can benefit from this book. I think it's also safe to say that you're don't need things spelled out to you. You just need a clear and concise, cut to the chase, how will I use this, sort of text that doesn't kill you with proofs you don't care about. That's exactly what this classic book by Mary L. Boas provides. Easily the best study companion I've ever purchased'
Mary Boas is one of those mathematicians who loves to teach; knows how; and delivers the goods. Boas artfully integrates calculus level concepts with the follow-on material seamlessly so that when she is done the student is left with an integrated concept of what engineering mathematics is all about.
The high point of this text is its coverage of complex variable. The presentation does not go deep but is conceptually at the right level to give a firm footing for those who will pursue the subject in graduate school either as mathematicians or as engineering or physics majors. I found the material in the earlier book (this one) relative to the second edition to be on a more advanced level than the second edition indicative of the general decreasing level of preparation that incoming students appear to have had in the last 30 or so years.
I am lucky in that respect.