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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (20 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486691934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486691930
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 1998
Format: Paperback
I studied this wonderful book for the math. for physicists class at Bogazici Univ., Turkey. We covered every part of this book, supplemented by Arfken. The elegant treatment of the diverse material is clear and easy to follow although the level is high and quite abstract. The drawbacks are lack of sufficient examples or exercises and occasional complexities in the text.
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This is an excellent textbook for practicing theoretical physicists. It contains a wealth of useful material that merits
dipping into both as a mathematical dictionary for use in solving
problems and for general background reading.
I would rate the book as being useful for both students (graduate level and probably below as well) and professionals. It is well
laid out, the exposition is clear and the examples are carefully chosen.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Jan. 2013
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I haven't used this book very much as yet but I know that I'm going to when the time arises.

It is an excellent guide with good worked examples of many mathematical situations that crop up on a day to day basis for physics students.

You'll be perfectly aware if you need this sort of thing or not - it isn't the kind of book you're likely to buy on a whim out of idle curiosity!
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MRS RUTH JONES on 17 April 2013
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The product is good and as expected. However, it was no use to us as we needed it to cover/warm a larger/higher toilet seat designed for disabled and this product is too small. Therefore, we are unable to assess this product to full effect. However, we believe that the centre opening would probably be too small in any case.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Seamless, wonderfully consistent, immense didactic economy 3 Aug. 2001
By Cole from Newcastle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is easily the best book I have found for the purposes of an engineer (such as this reviewer), or perhaps a physicist, wishing to acquire certain areas of mathematics quickly. In my current work (in electromagnetics) I have had to brush-up-on/acquire topics including: function spaces; vector spaces; differential equations (with adjoint operators etc.); and Green's functions and identities. This book beats all others I consulted for this purpose. Although the book is seemless, chapters are mainly self-contained. The absence of problems/exercises is actually beneficial for my purposes, since the author has made the text correspondingly more complete. There are, however, a small number of judiciously placed examples, with quality rather than quantity being the author's apparent principle;- Once you have absorbed Professor Dennery's exposition of a particular topic, you are then aptly equiped to go to other texts for examples. In summary, this is a gem, Dennery is the 'Kubrick of maths writers'.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
readable and elegant account of mathematical physics 24 Jan. 2006
By O. Burak Okan - Published on Amazon.com
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Dennery and Krzywicki is somewhat unusual in the sense that it puts noticeable emphasis on the mathematical formalism and it

strives to give a broader picture of each topic instead of tedious algebraic manipulations for solving certain special problems that might not be of interest to everyone.

Moreover, the authors do not try to cover a very broad spectrum of topics and rather focus on the formal aspects of fewer mathematical subjects. Altough the book`s lacking of sections on group theory and differential geometry might be seen as glaring omissions, it excels didactically in all the topics it touches upon. Especially, its treatment of complex analysis and orthogonal polynomials is absolutely exceptional.

For those who want to have a reference work that contains almost every standard topic at senior undergraduate/beginning graduate level while not taking the mathematical elegance and rigor as a priority, Arfken`s text would be a better choice. For more advanced and up-to-date account of mathematical methods, I would recommend Hassani`s (Mathematical Physics) or Szekeres`s texts.

All in all, I find this text as an excellent work on graduate level mathematical physics and refer it constantly for my work.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A very good book 25 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I strongly recommend this book! I am university lecturer and I was using it over recent years as a main source for the course
"Mathematical Methods in Physics". The material is well chosen,
supplemented with good examples which illustrate interesting and
non-trivial issues in an accessible for a student way.
It is a safe and a good buy!
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Too much in too-little space. 3 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would only recommend this book to people already fairly well-versed in the topics it covers. In this book, the authors attempt to cover FAR TOO MUCH material for such a short text. As a result, the reader ends up confused and with a feeling that the author isn't telling them NEARLY everything he knows, even about the basics. The book's coverage of complex analysis is truly pitiful, and I would recommend A Course of Modern Analysis by Whittaker and Watson, even at the much higher 60 dollar price, as a useful source on this topic. Concerning such topics as Lebesgue integration, Hilbert Space, and orthonormal bases--consult good books on real-analysis and/or functional analysis rather than this book. Perhaps the author's greatest mistake is the book's complete lack of excercizes and it's few-and-far-between, weak examples of applications to problems. That said, the reason I still gave this book three stars is that it is good in one way--namely, as a reference for those who already know the material.
49 of 63 people found the following review helpful
There is a better book 15 Jun. 2003
By "anonymous80" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recommend getting Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics by Byron and Fuller (also from Dover). You'll get more (quantity and quality) for your money. Mathematics For Physicists just isn't very good, poorly written compared to Math. of C. and Q. Physics.
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