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A Course in Mathematics for Students of Physics : Volume 2 - Paul Bamberg

A Course in Mathematics for Students of Physics

Volume 2

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Published: 11th November 1991
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This textbook, available in two volumes, has been developed from a course taught at Harvard over the last decade. The course covers principally the theory and physical applications of linear algebra and of the calculus of several variables, particularly the exterior calculus. The authors adopt the 'spiral method' of teaching, covering the same topic several times at increasing levels of sophistication and range of application. Thus the reader develops a deep, intuitive understanding of the subject as a whole, and an appreciation of the natural progression of ideas. Topics covered include many items previously dealt with at a much more advanced level, such as algebraic topology (introduced via the analysis of electrical networks), exterior calculus, Lie derivatives, and star operators (which are applied to Maxwell's equations and optics). This then is a text which breaks new ground in presenting and applying sophisticated mathematics in an elementary setting. Any student, interpreted in the widest sense, with an interest in physics and mathematics, will gain from its study.

'... a very well readable and highly recommendable addition to the existing courses in mathematics for students of physics.' Zentralblatt fur Mathematik und Ihre Grenzgebiete '... there is to my knowledge no comparable book, and it is hard to imagine a more inspiring one.' Times Higher Education Supplement '... this book will serve as a fundamental text not only for students in physics, but also for students in mathematics interested in the most evident applications of mathematical definitions, results and theories.' Padiatre and Padalogie 'Not only is the mathematics clean, elegant, andmodern, but the presentation is humane, especially for a mathematics text. Examples are provided before generalisation, and motivation and applications are kept firmly in view ... This is first rate!' American Journal of Physics

The theory of electric networks
The method of orthogonal projection
Higher-dimensional complexes
Complexes situated in Rn
Electrostatics in R3
Currents, flows and magnetostatics
The star operator
Maxwell's equations
Complex analysis
Asymptotic analysis
Index
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ISBN: 9780521406505
ISBN-10: 0521406501
Series: Course in Mathematics for Students of Physics : Book 2
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 11th November 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.71 x 17.45  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.8