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Schaum's Outline of Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables, 3ed (Schaum's Outline Series) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071548557
ISBN-10: 0071548556
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About the Author

Murray Speigel, Ph.D., was Former Professor and Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford Graduate Center.

Seymour Lipschutz, Ph.D. (Philadelphia, PA), is presently on the Mathematics faculty at Temple University. He has written more than 15 Schaum's Outlines.

John Liu is Professor of Mathematics at Temple University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Schaum's Outline Series
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071548556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071548557
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Colin Priest on June 12, 2010
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The content of this book seems to be good, but my problem is that the kindle version has no table of contents, no index and no search function. It is therefore impossible to quickly find the section that you want or the topic you want - you have to page through the entire book until something useful appears. This is a fatal flaw for a reference book.
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I am a physicist and work in a wide range of fields from nuclear to plasma to particle accelerators. I have used the Schaum's Mathematical Handbook for years (decades actually). It provides an excellent reference of handy formulas all in one spot. Sure I have bigger and nicer tables of integrals, but they are limited to tables of integrals and generally most everything I need to look up is in this guide. With modern computers and calculators the tables are probably anarchistic (I personally have never used them, ever!).

I got the Kindle version so I could have access to the book when traveling. In general the Kindle version is acceptable, but there are a number of problems with it. First, at least on the PC Kindle application the formulas are formatted oddly. In particular they are aligned to the bottom of the line not the center. This is just not the way formulas are displayed and makes them much harder to read. Spacing is often missing in aligned formulas. For example coordinate transforms. Typically space is added to align the equal signs for the different coordinates. In general these are missing, and often formulas are squashed against the braces. All of this makes them harder to read. Having the formulas formatted oddly will also contribute to errors, as the formulas mostly just do not look right, and the base line alignment can make formals with complex subscript/superscripts difficult to interpret.

Some of the formulas are encoded as text and some (generally the more complex ones) are encoded as graphics. This works OK as long as you don't change the font size. If you do the alignment falls apart, and different parts of a single formal may end up with different size fonts.
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I use this manual all the time. A immensly useful resource at the undergraduate level. My instructor suggested purchasing three copies: home, car and office. I concur. There are more inexhaustible resources out there like NIST and the Bateman project but I'd look here first.

Murray Spiegel was and is highly regarded as an author of "teach yourself" mathematics texts. If you are struggling with applied mathematics at the undergraduate level I'd highly encourage taking a look at his other publications:

Schaum Publishing Co:
Theory and Problems of College Algebra (1956)
Theory and Problems of Vector Analysis and An Introduction to Tensor Analysis(1959)
Theory and Problems of Statistics (1961)
Theory and Problems of Advanced Calculus (1963)
Theory and Problems of Complex Variables (1964)
Theory and Problems of Laplace Transforms (1965)
Theory and Problems of Theoretical Mechanics (1967)
Theory and Problems of Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables (1968)
Theory and Problems of Real Variables (1969)
Theory and Problems of Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists (1971)
Theory and Problems of Finite Differences and Difference Equations (1971)
Theory and Problems of Fourier Analysis with Applications to Boundary-Value Problems (1974)
Theory and Problems of Probability and Statistics (1975)

Nearly all of the above were reprinted at later dates (and a few 2nd and 3rd editions) but excepting Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables which had a few mistakes in the first edition and the obligatory tabulations I'd recommend trying to find the earliest avaliable printing as the quality is typically higher. My particular favorite is Complex Variables.

Prentice Hall:
Applied Differential Equations (1963,1967,1980)
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This is a pretty helpful Schaum's outline, in that most of the mathematical tables and formulas that an undergraduate math student would need are included. Material from geometry, calculus, differential equations, numerical methods, special functions and transforms, and probability and statistics are included. Plus, there are some examples of how to perform some types of calculations. There is even a section on calculating compound interest and the value of an annuity for those students of financial mathematics. Also, it is much easier than lugging around the infamous 2600 page "CRC Handbook of Mathematics and Physics." Of course, there are tradeoffs. This book has mathematical tables and formulas only, there are no physics equations.

Generally, if you are an undergraduate student in math or science, your required textbook will have all of the equations and tables that your instructor would expect you to have committed to memory for exams. Thus I am not sure if it is worth the extra cost to buy this book too. I think this book would be most helpful for someone who is out of school who needs their undergraduate mathematics tables and formulas condensed and in one portable book that can be taken to work and stored at the office, rather than carrying around the dozen or so math texts you used during your undergraduate career. It would also be helpful for someone going to graduate school in math, physics, or engineering who is expected to already know this material and therefore needs a handy reference.
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