- Paperback: 616 pages
- Publisher: Clarendon Press; Reprint edition (February 18, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198534469
- ISBN-13: 978-0198534464
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.3 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Visual Complex Analysis is a delight, and a book after my own heart. By his innovative and exclusive use of the geometrical perspective, Tristan Needham uncovers many surprising and largely unappreciated aspects of the beauty of complex analysis." --Roger Penrose
"Tristan Needham's Visual Complex Analysis will show you the field of complex analysis in a way you almost certainly have not seen before. Drawing on historical sources and adding his own insights, Needham develops the subject from the ground up, drawing us attractive pictures at every step of the way. If you have time for a year course, full of fascinating detours, this is the perfect text; by picking and choosing, you could use it for a variety of shorter courses. I am tempted to hide the book from my own students, in order to appear more clever for popping up with crisp historical anecdotes, great exercises, and pictures that explain things like that mysterious 2*pi that crops up in integrals. Whether you use Visual Complex Analysis as a text, a resource, or entertaining summer reading, I highly recommend it for your bookshelf."--American Mathematical Monthly
"Delivers what its title promises, and more: an engaging, broad, thorough, and often deep, development of undergraduate complex analysis and related areas. . .A truly unusual and notably creative look at a classical subject." --American Mathematical Monthly
"One of the saddest developments in school mathematics has been the downgrading of the visual for the formal. I'm not lamenting the loss of traditional Euclidean geometry, despite its virtues, because it too emphasised stilted formalities. But to replace our rich visual intuition by silly games with 2 x 2 matrices has always seemed to me to be the height of folly. It is therefore a special pleasure to see Tristan Needham's 'Visual Complex Analysis' with its elegantly illustrated visual approach. Yes, he has 2 x 2 matrices--but his are interesting." --New Scientist
"Committed to the exclusive use of geometrical arguments and content to pay the price of 'an initial lack of rigour', he has produced a radically new text. The author writes "as though [he] were explaining the ideas directly to a friend". This informal style is excellently judged and works extremely well."--Mathematical Review
"This is a book in which the author has been willing to make himself available as our teacher. His own voice enters in a rather charming way....I recommend Visual Complex Analysis, as something to read and enjoy, to share with students, and perhaps to inspire other books in which the voice of the author is vividly present to teach and explain."--American Mathematical Monthly
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The book recently won First Prize in the National Jesuit Book Award Contest for the best mathematics or computer science book published in 1994, 1995, or 1996. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Other than that the book is enlightening and entertaining. I learn something new everyday with this book, it is a great book to have as a teaching suppliment or as light reading. It allows one focus on concepts that may be hard to grasp in literature, but now more easy to grasp due to the visual representations this book contains.
I gave it 4 out 5 of because I wish to see more practical applications besides just theory (although the book is called complex analysis for a reason, it talks mostly about theory which i truely understand that was the intention). More practical and applied problems would be a benefit to those who are not just visual learners but also want to understand more about the importance of complex analysis.
The book is good, get it.
Parts of this book were over my head, or required more effort than I was willing to give, but I got a lot out of this book. I never took complex calculus in college; only real calculus. I've taught the subject to myself, piecemeal over the years, for the fun of it, and this book made much of it click. and now I'm excited.