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5.0 out of 5 stars significant improvement over the last edition, 22 Oct 2012
As a physics undergrad, I did not like the earlier editions of Arfken (especially ed. 6) for the following reasons:

- not written clearly
- poor cross references
- poorly explained examples
- a lot of things are just obvious (or left to the reader to verify)
- ok, yet sometimes poor visualization of important concepts
- no solutions to exercises

Having purchased the 7th edition (hard copy) of Arfken for my graduate studies, I must give the authors credit for improvements on all the above points (except for the last one). Important topics are explained more thoroughly. Overall organization of the book has significantly increased. Graphics and visualizations have improved beyond expectations. The writing style has become much more colloquial, maybe even humorous at some points.

This book is intended to be a comprehensive guide. I believe, we students can use it in two or more ways. One of these ways is to just go through the examples, do the easiest problems, pass the exams. The other way is to use this book as a starting point and then read on in the excellently organized references.

I have not come across any book that covers the mathematical methods of physics in such a concise, comprehensive and yet complete way. (yes, I will sell my hard-copies of Hassani's books on the topic).

Working through this book (and maybe some references) is all that you need to be successful in graduate physics and beyond. This (and the mathematics handbook) are the only two books on my book-shelve that I use every day.

The fact that there are no solutions to the exercises can be seen positively and negatively. On the one hand, it would be nice just to have some more solved examples. On the other hand, not having the solutions makes you think much harder and work much longer on the same problem. Ultimately, you will develop much better problem solving skills without having solutions available (to basically cheat yourself).

Earlier editions of this book would have gotten two or three stars. This one is clearly worth 5 (in my opinion).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Just what I wanted, 4 Feb 2014
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I already have the third edition, but it had become very tatty. The material is reorganized and updated, and some new stuff added.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR PHYSICISTS, 23 April 2013
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Immense detail, and use of advanced methods of calculation. Includes calculus. Covers all the major arras of advanced mathematics. Relates theory to individual examples.
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