Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences Hardcover – 8 Jun 1983
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I can't really say that I found everything useful here. Some chapters, like chapter 4 on Partial differentiation, can be very, very cryptic. Others, like the Fourier Series one, read like a paperback novel!
One thing I found this book very unhelpful for was the more advanced mathematical physics I had to do for the Mathematical Physics option, like Legendre polynomials and partial differential equations. The chapters <i>were</i> useful, but not on their own. I constantly had to refer to other books from the library to understand what the hell was going on, or to apply the stuff to problems that were slightly different.
While I appreciate that the subject is immense, and that it's probable that no single book can cover so much material in a way that is agreeable to everyone, I would have preferred a bit more practicality in some of the sections.
Given the extent of the material it covers, and how much you can actually learn from it if you also get a little bit of explanation from the tutors, this is an excellent book. If you have to study it alone with no help, however, you'll most definitely need other books as well.
I'm not sure if this book would be useful in helping you during your course because it never goes into much explanatory detail: I think this is why some people hate it so much. I used the book as 'supplementary' reading in the holidays merely because I was interested. This, I guess, is what the book was made for and is where it excels - as a SUPPLEMENTARY RESOURCE for those who are interested. Some people say the book is too incomprehensible. I've seen much worse, but you have to be comfortable with maths to enjoy this book because it's aimed at the emerging theorist or someone fluent in mathematics. Again, people find this book hard because they are expecting it to be something that it's not. Don't expect to learn a new topic from scratch from this book - it's not detailed enough for that, expect it to develop subjects that you've hade a vague aquaintance with before.
In summary, if you love maths, buy this book. If you see maths as a chore, there are better books for your purpose.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is great to see a book which gathers together ion one place the key mathematics used for degree level Physics. A great reference book.Published on 12 May 2014 by tonydunn
If you just want to know how to do something in mathematics this is not the book for you. Consider instead the excellent strode titles Engineering Mathematics 5th ed: Programmes... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2009 by Sariel
This book is fairly comprehensive and covers all the main areas of the first year maths sylabus (I'm studying Physics). Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2005
I'd just like to echo what others have said regarding the impenetrability of this book. I used it as a physics undergraduate and found it very confusing indeed. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2004
In my opinion, this book does not deserve a single star. The author tries to prove that Newton's Second Law is wrong using exp(-1/t^2) function to describe the displacement of a... Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2003 by GEORGE
This book contains just about every topic one could need when studying a physical or mathematical degree the only problem is that i've found you actually need a degree to... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2003
We are second year physicists at oxford. This book is virtually the only maths text we have needed to refer to. For the most part it is clear, concise and detailed. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2002 by Alex
I was roped into buying this book by my Physics department - it was listed as the preferred text for the mathematics course in the first year of my Physics degree. Read morePublished on 3 April 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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