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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1995 edition (30 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306450364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306450365
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Shankar obviously enjoys his mathematics, and his attitude toward mathematics is simultaneously refreshing and contagious....Dirac notation is intriguingly introduced in the discussion of vector spaces. Finally, the book is richly endowed with well-chosen problems.'
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`Consistent with the needs of science students...a sound mathematical reference for anyone studying or practicing in the physical sciences.'
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun 1998
Format: Paperback
This was the textbook used for a class I took several years ago, and since then I've really grown to appreciate what a great foundation in mathematical methods it gave me. The text is clear and concise, the problems challenging and illuminating. Shankar writes with a dry sense of humor that makes his book anything but dry reading for the student (a frequent problem I've had with other math textbooks). I've found this book an invaluable reference on numerous occasions. I think the best praise that I can give is that it provided me with a mathematical intuition for much of what I learned in physics, especially Quantum Mechanics. Shankar ingeniously sets up many problems so that when the student comes across the topics in later study, he or she not only already understands the mathematical basis for the physical laws but also can guess where the arguments are going next. Using this book and Shankar's Quantum Mechanics textbook in a later course made for one of the most rewarding intellectual explorations I have ever had.
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Excellent review or introduction to math methods for physics 29 Mar 1999
By Miguel F. Morales (mmorales@physics.ucsc.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I have found for explaining the math needed by physicists and others in the hard sciences. Shankar uses a very conceptual approach to the mathematics without dwelling on proofs - leaving the reader with an understanding of the mathematics involved. He also tackles difficult ideas like: why are complex numbers necessary and where do they come from? Most books simply assume these ideas and run off into the wild blue yonder with some proofs to give a veneer of completeness, whereas Shankar tries to give a conceptual underpinning that is invaluable when he tackles advanced topics (such as contour integration). His approach throughout is conceptual and pragmatic - giving you a solid understanding for the math you will actually use. Though it is designed for undergraduates, I would also recommend it to anyone either reviewing their math or (re)learning math they should have already known. I used this book to study for the math section of my physics PhD. qualifier and I only wish that I had stumbled across it sooner - it would have made many of my physics courses a lot easier.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Provides an excellent grounding in fundamentals 2 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was the textbook used for a class I took several years ago, and since then I've really grown to appreciate what a great foundation in mathematical methods it gave me. The text is clear and concise, the problems challenging and illuminating. Shankar writes with a dry sense of humor that makes his book anything but dry reading for the student (a frequent problem I've had with other math textbooks). I've found this book an invaluable reference on numerous occasions. I think the best praise that I can give is that it provided me with a mathematical intuition for much of what I learned in physics, especially Quantum Mechanics. Shankar ingeniously sets up many problems so that when the student comes across the topics in later study, he or she not only already understands the mathematical basis for the physical laws but also can guess where the arguments are going next. Using this book and Shankar's Quantum Mechanics textbook in a later course made for one of the most rewarding intellectual explorations I have ever had.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Kind of a last resort 5 Feb 2005
By Anon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book tries to cover pretty much all the mathematical methods you'd need in college-level physics if you haven't had much experience with them before. The trouble is that that is a LOT of math, and trying to cover that in a book this size is just asking for trouble.

If you don't know any of this stuff, this book is going to kill you. It covers multivariable and vector calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, functions of a complex variable, etc. That is maybe 4-5 different math courses. The idea is that physicists don't really need the rigor of theoretical math, they just need to learn the "tools" so they can do the practical, applied stuff.

This book is good if you already have a general idea of these concepts and just want to get the important parts.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Extremely well-chosen and tightly focused presentation 31 May 1998
By Dr. Jeffrey Satinover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The text presents in remarkably clear and concise fashion exactly those areas of mathematics required for the physical sciences, especially physics. The sections on linear algebra, vector spaces, Hilbert space, Fourier analysis and differential equations build and articulate elegantly to open a first window on the vistas of quantum mechanics. Problems are likewise chosen with care to assist the student in raising himself to the next level of understanding, section by section in a well-thought out sequence. The only problems are with visual layout of the text and occasional typographical errors (one in a complex differential equation that forms the basis of a problem). I have since gone back to this text many times as a refresher.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Best undergraduate math refresher ever 6 Oct 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wish I had come across this book earlier. Other undergraduate math refresher/review books are either too basic or too formulaic (if I had wanted a table of functions I would have bought one). The stress is clearly on concepts, followed by techniques. The book is a great review of all the oohs and aahs of undergraduate and high school mathematics that you have forgotten over the years. I graduated from high school 15 years ago and by page 3 I was doing derivatives from first principles. Richard Courant's "What is Mathematics?" would make an excellent companion to this book. For example I complemented the first two chapters on calculus with the chapters on number systems and, limits and continuity from Courant's book and I truly felt that my calculus review was complete.
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