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Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering: A Comprehensive Guide Paperback – 15 Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 1256 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (15 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521890675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521890670
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 5.6 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From reviews of the first edition: '… the book provides scientists who need to use the tool of mathematics for practical purposes with a single, comprehensive book. I recommend this book not only to students in physics and engineering sciences, but also to students in other fields of natural sciences.' P. Steward, Optik

From reviews of the first edition: '… suitable as a textbook for undergraduate use … this is a book that in view of its content and its modest softcover price, will find its way on to many bookshelves.' Nigel Steele, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Riley et al. has clear, thorough and straightforward explanations of the subjects treated. It rigorously adopts a three-stage approach throughout the book: first a heuristic, intuitive introduction, then a formal treatment, and finally one or two examples. This consistent presentation, the layout, and the print quality make the book most attractive … clearness of presentation, comprehensiveness and value for money. It contains a thousand pages, there are plenty of exercises with each chapter, and … the layout and print quality are very good. J. M. Thijssen, European Journal of Physics

This is a valuable book with great potential use in present-day university physics courses. Furthermore, the book will be useful for graduate too, and researchers will find it useful for looking up material which they have forgotten since their undergraduate days.' J. M. Thijssen, European Journal of Physics

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The new edition of this highly acclaimed textbook contains several major additions, including more than four hundred new exercises (with hints and answers). The authors have included a preliminary chapter covering areas such as polynomial equations, trigonometric identities, and coordinate geometry, as well as two separate chapters for statistics and probability.

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A book that is designed to cover all the mathematics required for physics being studied at undergraduate level (at least first and second year). It does what it says on the cover. It is very comprehensive, however, reading it is not easy. The print is small, and the book is so large, that not only is it physically difficult, but you become depressed by the fact that no matter how fast you read or understand, it'll take a while to get through it!! Probably two years! Probably the only book you need for the maths involved in undergraduate physics, if only for reference.
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This book is a watershed in the teaching of calculus and the essential mathematical methods required by undergraduate mathematicians, physicists and engineers.It will easily become the standard reference for methods courses , if it has not done so already.It starts right at the beginning with a refresher in basic calculus etc , and then proceeds to carefully develop multi-variable calculus, linear differential equations,complex variables, calculus of variations , tensors, representations, numerical analysis and prob&stats.What I really like about this book is the way general curvilinear coordinate transformations are explained at the end of the vector calculus section, to which you can refer when reading the chapter on tensors.I know of no other methods textbook which introduces tensors like this:many lesser texts (and that means all the rest) seem to feel that it is sufficient to teach people about raising indices, and give readers some vague hand-waving about coordinate transformations.This book is one to buy for this alone, as you will then have a firm grasp of why the tensor notation is like it is.Indeed, I would say that this book makes most other methods textbooks look the half-arsed disgrace that they are.Jacobians could be more carefully introduced, and the writing style can be a little Enid Blyton (phrases like 'one can consult the many excellent textbooks on such and such' can become rather monotonous), but apart from tiny niggles like this, this really is a truly comprehensive methods book, which really starts from the beginning and takes you well into the foothills of genuinely advanced techniques, and which you will keep through your professional life.An instant classic.
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By A Customer on 25 April 2005
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This book is not only an absolutely fantastic guide for physicists and engineers, but also for mathematics students themselves.

It covers the entire first year course at my university, and probably bits of the second year as well. It truely is the Bible!
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