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A Course in Mathematics for Students of Physics

A Course in Mathematics for Students of Physics

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  • Date Published: August 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521406499

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  • This text breaks new ground in presenting and applying sophisticated mathematics in an elementary setting. Aimed at physics students, it covers the theory and physical applications of linear algebra and of the calculus of several variables, particularly the exterior calculus. The exterior differential calculus is now being recognized by mathematicians and physicists as the best method of formulating the geometrical laws of physics, and the frontiers of physics have already begun to reopen fundamental questions about the geometry of space and time. Covering the basics of differential and integral calculus, the authors then apply the theory to interesting problems in optics, electronics (networks), electrostatics, wave dynamics, and finally to classical thermodynamics. The authors adopt the "spiral method" of teaching (rather than rectilinear), covering the same topic several times at increasing levels of sophistication and range of application.

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    "A Course in Mathematics by Bamberg and Sternberg is in a class by itself....The authors have drawn on their wide teaching experience to produce a book whose tone is authoritative, whose vision is fresh, and whose whole feel is original....there is to my knowledge no comparable book, and it is hard to imagine a more inspiring one." Times Literary Supplement

    "You can find about a dozen books on exterior calculus, that is, the calculus of differential forms, written for physicists. The one reviewed here is the most elementary. It is excellent, and provides a solid foundation....Not only is the mathematics clean, elegant, and modern, but the presentation is humane, especially for a mathematics text." American Journal of Physics

    "This textbook (Vol. 1 & 2) is a well-written and well illustrated introduction to the mathematics of modern physics. The combination of mathematics and physical applications provides an excellent learning environment for students of physics and for scientists wishing to upgrade their education. This textbook emphasizes the geometric visualization of mathematical equations, and tries to develop in the student an intuitive feel for the mathematics. Overall, this book is a welcomed introduction to the mathematics required in modern physics." Physics in Canada

    "I consider Sternberg's book a fine addition to the existing literature and strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in learning how to use group-theoretical methods to understand concrete physical problems." Siam Review

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    • Date Published: August 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521406499
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 191 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 408 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Linear transformations of the plane
    2. Eigenvectors and eigenvalues
    3. Linear differential equations in the plane
    4. Scalar products
    5. Calculus in the plane
    6. Applications of differential calculus
    7. Differential forms and line integrals
    8. Double integrals
    9. Gaussian optics
    10. Vector spaces and linear transformations
    11. Determinants
    Index.

  • Authors

    Paul Bamberg, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Shlomo Sternberg, Harvard University, Massachusetts and Tel-Aviv University

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