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    Electromagnetism (The Manchester Physics Series)
    by I.S. Grant
    Paperback (01 June, 1975)
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    Isbn: 0471322466
    Sales Rank: 2564116
    Subjects:  1. Electromagnetism    2. Unassigned Title    3. Electricity, magnetism & electromagnetism   


    Foundations of Modern Cosmology
    by John F. Hawley, Katherine A. Holcomb
    Hardcover (01 September, 1997)
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    Isbn: 0195104978
    Sales Rank: 172968
    Subjects:  1. Astronomy - Universe    2. Astrophysics    3. Cosmology    4. Cosmology (Astronomy)    5. Physics    6. Science    7. Science/Mathematics    8. Cosmology & the universe   


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    Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation
    by Michael Berry
    Paperback (01 April, 1989)
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    Isbn: 0852740379
    Sales Rank: 1177676
    Subjects:  1. Astronomy - Universe    2. Cosmology    3. Cosmology (Astronomy)    4. General relativity (Physics)    5. Gravitation    6. Science    7. Science/Mathematics   


    The Principle of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics)
    by Albert Einstein
    Paperback (01 June, 1952)
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    Isbn: 0486600815
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    Subjects:  1. Physics    2. Relativity    3. Science    4. Science/Mathematics    5. Science / Physics   


    $8.95

    A Course of Modern Analysis (Cambridge Mathematical Library)
    by E. T. Whittaker, G. N. Watson
    Paperback (13 September, 1996)
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    Isbn: 0521588073
    Sales Rank: 299418
    Subjects:  1. Advanced    2. Functions    3. Harmonic analysis    4. Mathematical Analysis    5. Mathematics    6. Probability & Statistics - General    7. Science/Mathematics    8. Series, Infinite    9. Systems Analysis    10. Theory Of Functions    11. Calculus & mathematical analysis    12. Mathematics / Probability   


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    Quantum Mechanics: Classical Results, Modern Systems, and Visualized Examples
    by Richard W. Robinett
    Hardcover (01 October, 1996)
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    Isbn: 0195092023
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    Subjects:  1. Quantum Mechanics    2. Quantum Theory    3. Science    4. Science/Mathematics    5. Quantum physics (quantum mechanics)   


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    Physics by Example : 200 Problems and Solutions
    by W. G. Rees
    Paperback (23 June, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0521449758
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    Subjects:  1. Physics    2. Problems, exercises, etc    3. Science    4. Science/Mathematics    5. Science / Physics   


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    A Course of Pure Mathematics (Cambridge Mathematical Library)
    by G.H. Hardy
    Paperback (04 March, 1993)
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    Isbn: 0521092272
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    Subjects:  1. Calculus    2. Functions    3. Mathematical Analysis    4. Mathematics    5. Mathematics (General)    6. Probability & Statistics - General    7. Science/Mathematics    8. Mathematics / Probability   


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    The Physics of Stars (Manchester Physics Series)
    by A. C.Phillips
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    Isbn: 0471987980
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    Complex Variables : Introduction and Applications (Cambridge Texts in Applied Mathematics)
    by Mark J. Ablowitz, Athanssios S. Fokas, M. J. Ablowitz, S. H. Davis, E. J. Hinch, A. Iserles, J. Ockendon, P. J. Olver
    Hardcover (13 February, 1997)
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    Isbn: 0521480582
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    Subjects:  1. Applied    2. Calculus    3. Functions Of Complex Variables    4. Mathematical Analysis    5. Mathematics    6. Science/Mathematics    7. Complex analysis    8. Mathematics / Applied   


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    The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
    by Robert Kanigel, Robert Kanigel
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 1991)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great job
    Kudos to the author on his well researched story. Read this to get an insight into early 20th century mathematics at Cambridge and of course, the life of the genius Ramanujam. A must buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Biography
    An exemplary piece of biographical writing.Kanigel brings Ramanujan, his times, and his contemporaries vividly to life.I wish even more of Ramanujan's mathematical contributions had been treated, but appreciate that a biographer has many priorities.Kanigel handles them all deftly.One of the finest (most informative and engaging) biographies I've ever read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
    This is an amazing book about an amazing man, just reading about him makes most math geniuses feel like a complete idiot.If Ramanujan had a proper education in the field, he could have become the greatest mathematician of his time, even greater than Hilbert. ... Read more

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    Introduction to Quantum Physics (M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series)
    by A.P. French
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1978)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Secondary Resource
    This book should seriously be used ONLY with another text. A good one (in my opinion) is Griffiths. It goes into great depth (sometimes too much) conceptually and is very weak with the mathematics. Another reviewer said somethings about not giving many applications, and i agree. It gets the idea down, but no more than that. Griffiths along side this is awesome, and if you have time after those two, take a look at Shakars book; its a little harder mathematically, but if you hit those three together, youll prolly have a good idea of what QM is about. Feynman Lectures also help.
    Point being: Dont use this book alone, very good otherwise.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than most
    Although I would agree that this is probably the best book to begin your study of quantum mechanics with, there are still serious flaws with the book.I just finished taking a class that used this text and I found that a major problem is that it never actually 'get's to the point.'Instead of telling you how to apply a technique to solving problems, the text simply assumes that you'll be able to figure that out yourself.So much of the notation goes unexplained and important points go unemphasized.I would suggest using this book if you're a first time student of quantum mechanics but supplement it with another book that explains how to do problems (Liboff or Griffiths).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great treatment of basic topics
    Several of the other reviews here express my general, very positive feelings about this book, so I'll concentrate on two specific examples which illustrate the teaching emphasis of the book's authors.

    Chapters 6 and 7 introduce quantum states with a brilliant discussion of Dirac's bracket notation using polarization of light as the driving example.The student at this level typically already knows what to expect when, for example, linearly polarized light passes through a linear analyzer oriented at an angle with respect to the polarization axis.The authors develop a set of projection amplitudes for linear and circular polarization which reproduce the results familiar to the student.This makes state vectors easy to understand and, in turn, it's much easier to learn and accept the less intuitive results which come from solving more complex problems later on.I would recommend this book for these two chapters alone.

    In Chapter 9 the authors in just a few pages develop a simple but quantitative theory of alpha decay which is easy to follow and relates half-life (or decay constant) to alpha-particle energy with no adjustable parameters.They then compare their result to experiment and show agreement over 24 orders of magnitude of half-life.This example wonderfully illustrates the power of simple, clear reasoning to achieve a widely applicable result.Fantastic job!

    I own three or four introductory quantum mechanics texts, but this is the one I turn to first. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0393091066
    Sales Rank: 170989
    Subjects:  1. Physics    2. Quantum Theory    3. Science    4. Quantum physics (quantum mechanics)   


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    Visual Complex Analysis
    by Tristan Needham
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally pretty complex analysis book
    This is a very exciting introduction to complex analysis. Its most striking feature is the many excellent illustrations; pictures are used to explain things whenever possible. Needham is always eager to explain, and also to show meaning. Thus Möbius transformations are not just charming quirks; instead Needham gives a self-contained introduction to non-Euclidean geometry to show them in action. And when one needs to understand analytic functions as flows, then Needham gives a self-contained introduction to the ideas of vector analysis. Because the book always spills over on other topics like this, I keep my copy within reach at all times, as a treasure mine of beautiful, visual explanations of topics even outside of complex analysis proper. This wide scope works very well most of the time but it should be said that there are probably too many minor side topics than are appropriate in a first textbook. Sometimes Needham seems to include results not because they fit in or add something important, but because he has thought of such a pretty proof. But we quickly forgive him, for the book is so extremely loveable, and it is still by far my first choice as a first textbook of complex analysis.

    5-0 out of 5 stars essential
    It is possible to memorize definitions, master proofs and work endless exercises and still feel that you don't understand what's going on.This is especially true in complex analysis.This book emphasizes the visual/geometric aspect of analytic functions at the expense of some loss of rigor.These insights are priceless.

    Needham employs a wider range of mathematical tools than other books aimed at the upper level undergraduate, e.g., Palka and Brown/Churchill.This would include simple group theory, linear algebra, vector calculus and obviously geometry.Often this works very well at the expense of some digression. At other times, the more traditional algebraic approach is better.

    This book is unique and fills an important need.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of material, great pictures but too chatty
    I purchased this book as a reference and because of it's coverage on Mobius Transformations, which is great!My qualms are with the other parts of the book, however. I'll reach for this book or Churchill and Brown when I'm dealing with complex numbers.Browns is much more direct and to the point.There are times that I'll have to flip through several pages jsut to get to the point.Needham often includes a history of the topic and several applications before getting to the mathematics of it.I like reading about applications at the end of the chapters and histories as footnotes (or both in a completely seperate part of the book, i.e. the appendix).If you buy this book, you'll get a lot of great mathematics and wonderful visualizations, but expect a lot of reading that may not be immidiately necessary to your studies. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0198534469
    Sales Rank: 144190
    Subjects:  1. Applied    2. Engineering - Mechanical    3. Mathematical Analysis    4. Mathematics    5. Science/Mathematics    6. Complex analysis    7. Functions of complex variables   


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    Cauchy and the Creation of Complex Function Theory
    by Frank Smithies
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (20 November, 1997)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great piece of Mathematical History!
    This is a great book on the life and Complex Variable Analysis work of Augustine Cauchy.

    Smithies brings many of the quaint, yet pertinent pieces that comprise the rich field called Complex Variables together into a mathematical jigsaw. I for one was fascinated to see the link between the CR Equations and Green's Theorem.

    Using copious examples, directly from Cauchy's published as well as unpublished notes, Smithies enlightens the reader of the genius of Cauchy. To the reader versed in modern representation of Complex Variable theory, Smithies insistence on sticking to Cauchy's formulation of complex functions in real terms and then using his method of separation may seem laborious at first, but it rewards the reader by giving deep insight into Cauchy's thought processes.

    The book covers a wide field of Complex Variables from the formulation of Cauchy's Theorem, Cauchy's Integral Formula, the Residue Theorem and Integrals between imaginary limits.

    Remarkable though his work was, the book shows the almost insular nature of Cauchy - by sometimes never publishing his results and being either unaware or disdainful of other results, e.g. d':Alembert, Gauss, Euler, etc.

    A good book to read as an accompaniment to a standard text on Complex Variables (e.g. Ablowitz and Fokas). Rich in Mathematics and History and highly recommended! ... Read more

    Isbn: 052159278X
    Sales Rank: 1313847
    Subjects:  1. 1789-1857    2. 19th century    3. Baron,    4. Cauchy, Augustin Louis,    5. Functions Of Complex Variables    6. History    7. History & Philosophy    8. Mathematical Analysis    9. Mathematics    10. Science/Mathematics    11. Cauchy, Augustin Louis    12. Complex analysis    13. History of mathematics    14. Mathematics / General   


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    Relativity : The Special and the General Theory
    by ALBERT EINSTEIN
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    How better to learn the Special Theory of Relativity and the General Theory of Relativity than directly from their creator, Albert Einstein himself? In Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, Einstein describes the theories that made him famous, illuminating his case with numerous examples and a smattering of math (nothing more complex than high-school algebra). Einstein's book is not casual reading, but for those who appreciate his work without diving into the arcana of theoretical physics, Relativity will prove a stimulating read. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars A Good Compilation of early 20th century Physics
    This is a good book, but most are under the impression that Einstein actually CREATED the content of the book.

    Einstein actually compiled the physics theories of the latest German and Italian physicists and wrote it as his entire theory.

    For instance, e=mc^2 was not created by Einstein, as so many people people. An Italian physicist came up with it. If you don't believe me check any encyclopedia.

    Einstein suceeded in taking everyone's work and compiling it. This was helpful to the world of physics.

    Unfortunately, this stuff is outdated, and Autodynamics has disproven many things that Einstein says in this book. When it came out it was already outdated. This was published in the 60s. Autodynamics disproved what is in this book in the 40s (45 I believe). If this was published in the 20s or even the 30s, it would have been a good book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars historically good, but not the best introduction available
    This appears to have been written by Einstein sometime around 1916 in German.The writing process is not made clear in the book itself (whether it was dictated or co-authored, and the extent of changes by editors or translators).New editions could stand to have a forward that provides a little more context.

    There are better books around for a beginner to understand relativity, but this is certainly not the worst.There is always something to be said for reading primary sources, and the book is fairly short and can be read quickly.Students may want to stick to Part I (Special Relativity) and consult more contemporary books for General Relativity.

    The language is understandable for the most part.It is not as clean and simple a writing style as is common today -- in some places it is fairly elegant but in a few it is pointlessly baroque and awkward (perhaps a problem in the translation from German).Chapter 8 is an especially bad example: it could easily be written more clearly with about half the verbiage.In the older editions the translation is credited to Robert Lawson (apparently British) but this credit disappears in other versions.

    For people already familiar with the history of science, there are a lot of interesting little details, such as seeing how Einstein originally presents the description of the moving train, and seeing all the people that Einstein credits as having made an important impression on him and contributions to the theory and experiments.(I find guys like Stephen Wolfram interesting as well, but it sure is a refreshing contrast to read the modesty of someone like Einstein and all the people he generously and conscientiously credits.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
    This book provides and introduction to both Special and General Relativity without excessive use of math. While the reader does need a good collage level math background to get the most out of this book, the book does not focus on the math. The book has three parts:
    1) In the first section using logical arguments Einstein takes the reader from Newtonian mechanics to Special Relativity.
    2) In the second section Einstein takes the reader to the next step: General Relativity. I don't think this section went into enough dept.
    3)The last section explores the greater impact of Relativity on our understanding of the universe.
    4) There are a set of appendices that provide interesting details.
    In my opinion this book is great start for someone who wants to get a basic understanding of Relativity. However the material is not at all complete or rigorous. Therefore anyone with serious interest in this topic should first read this, then proceed to more in-depth material. Many advanced texts are available however the reader must first obtain the proper math background.
    On the whole this is a great book. I would have rated it 4 had it been written by a lesser man, nevertheless out of respect for this great man it deserves 5 stars.
    Highly recommended. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0517884410
    Subjects:  1. Relativity    2. Relativity (Physics)    3. Relativity Theory    4. Science    5. Science/Mathematics    6. Science / General   


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    Electromagnetism, 2E
    by I. S.Grant, W. R.Phillips
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (January, 1991)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Readable, Enjoyable! Like Physics ought to be!
    The text is lucid in its presentation of what is often viewed as a difficult subject.

    Starting with no more than a sound understanding of sixth form (high school) Mathematics and Physics, the authors proceed to underpin elementary concepts of electrostatics, simple circuits, and magnetism with the rigour and completeness demanded at University level. New mathematical ideas are introduced gently (so naturally, in fact, that the reader does not feel that (s)he is being asked to learn some new things!) and blended into the key Physical concepts.

    The book accelerates through a whole lot of material and tacitly introduces the reader to Maxwell's Equations without calling them so. Only after all of the core physical concepts - Dielectrics, Steady Currents and Magnetic Fields, Ferromagnetism, Electromagnetism/Induction - have been covered, do the authors venture to integrate the mathematics into Maxwell's equations. This emphasis on the Physics (with the Mathematics working merely as a tool) works really well and is central to the readability of this book.

    The latter chapters explore Transmission Lines, Electromagnetic Waves (which the mathematically inclined texts like to boast about as solutions of Maxwell's Equations), and the beginnings of Relativistic Electrodynamics.

    All in all, an excellent, enjoyable book - highly recommended! Makes Physics fun!

    Lastly, I might add that I was one of the "guinea pigs" at Manchester who benefited directly from the materials in this book and others in the Manchester Physics Series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Readable! Like Physics ought to be!
    The text is lucid in its presentation of what is often viewed as a difficult subject.

    Starting with no more than a sound understanding of sixth form (high school) Mathematics and Physics, the authors proceed to underpin elementary concepts of electrostatics, simple circuits, and magnetism with the rigour and completeness demanded at University level. New mathematical ideas are introduced gently (so naturally, in fact, that the reader does not feel that (s)he is being asked to learn some new things!) and blended into the key Physical concepts.

    The book accelerates through a whole lot of material and tacitly introduces the reader to Maxwell's Equations without calling them so. Only after all of the core physical concepts - Dielectrics, Steady Currents and Magnetic Fields, Ferromagnetism, Electromagnetism/Induction - have been covered, do the authors venture to integrate the mathematics into Maxwell's equations. This emphasis on the Physics (with the Mathematics working merely as a tool) works really well and is central to the readability of this book.

    The latter chapters explore Transmission Lines, Electromagnetic Waves (which the mathematically inclined texts like to boast about as solutions of Maxwell's Equations), and the beginnings of Relativistic Electrodynamics.

    All in all, an excellent, enjoyable book - highly recommended! Makes Physics fun!

    Lastly, I might add that I was one of the "guinea pigs" at Manchester who benefited directly from the materials in this book and others in the Manchester Physics Series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent Introductory Text
    I had to read this book cover to cover for E.M. class and I found it's layout and presentation very well done.Excelent review of magnetostatics, electrostatics, H & D fields, Maxwell's Eqns, etc.In conjuntion withE.M. Fields and Waves by Lorrain, provides all the necessary texts neededfor undergradute courses in E.M. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0471927120
    Sales Rank: 507741
    Subjects:  1. Electromagnetism    2. Science    3. Science/Mathematics    4. Electricity, magnetism & electromagnetism    5. Science / Electromagnetism   


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    Nature Growth Modern
    by Kramer
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (June, 1970)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great history book!
    Edna Kramer's is perhaps the best of the genre of books on the History of Mathematics.

    The most pleasing feature about this book is that it is a fine balance between the mathematical ideas and the lives of the mathematicians. Best of all, it paints a sympathetic history of the times in which the discoveries were made. The use of anecdotes and "little" events in the lives of the men and women really brings to life both the subjects and their work.

    Although my particular favourite sections are on the achievements of Euler, Gauss, Lagrange, d'Alambert, Ricci, Levi Civita, and Riemann, the book is truly an expansive landscape - there is coverage of virtually all the greats from the 16th century onwards. There are numerous examples from which to learn the basics of the mathematics. For instance, the sections on the history of the calculus are interwoven with simple, yet lucid examples. Equally, the more complex ideas like integral equations and partial differential equations are illustrated by examples drawn from the physical world.

    All this makes the book worthwhile - it DOES NOT skirt over the Mathematics, but rather, makes an active attempt at imparting knowledge and understanding. This makes the book ideal for both the Maths specialist who is interested in history and for the generalist seeking a broad understanding without being daunted by the Maths. Kramer has done a marvellous job in meeting this tough challenge.

    If this book has one failing, it is the way it skims over mathematical contributions from non-western societies, but it balances this somewhat by not overplaying the "Greek card". Some books do go on about Euclid as if he was the Newton of the ancients! Having said this, it can be excused since the book is quite old and much new knowledge has been gained on contributions from India and China in the last couple of decades. The interested reader may also wish to look up George Joseph's book, "The flight of the Peacock" for this.

    An ideal book for both history and mathematics. I have had my copy for 20 years and it keeps my interest, still. Thoroughly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thirty Years and Still the Best
    I first read "The Nature and Growth of Modern Mathematics" in1970 as an engineering student with minors in math and physics. This book,over the course of a summer, provided me with the history of mathematicaldevelopment at the same time leaving me with the elementals of math areasin which I had not submerged myself. The effect was a tremendous weavingtogether of mathematical knowledge - both the rudiments of theory andsimple examples of applications - which has served me well in the decadessince.

    There is a great deal of power in the present era from being ableto recognize the appropriate techniques from a more wide knowledge base, attimes, yes, to synthesize two or more techniques to solve a potent problemor develop an application. Edna Kramers book gave me a great deal, and itis written in a way that could assist people in all occupations and withall interests.

    It is a fascinating and at times awe inspring overview ofmath.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the Math History books
    Edna Kramer's book has 30 chapters.Each one starts with an odd bit of history.Then Edna explains the critical impact this nugget had.After that, she does an excellent write up of the mathematics involved, completewith formulas and proofs.Each chapter is then rounded out with morefacts, more history, and more math. Every chapter is superbly structured. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys mathematics. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0801553342
    Sales Rank: 1190284
    Subjects:  1. Mathematics    2. Popular works   


    A First Course in Mathematical Analysis
    by J. C. Burkill
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (14 December, 1978)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A good little "bridge" from School Maths into University
    It is amazing that, despite the changing fads in the curriculum, this book has the quality to remain a steadfast bridge from School Mathematics on the first steps into the realm of the Maths specialist for over 40 years now.

    The recipe is simple: keep it short, keep it sweet, keep it simple! Mr Burkill has produced a fine little book that gently guides the new student embarking on a specialism in Maths. The author has struck a good balance between the problem solving so familiar at school and introducing the rigour of Mathematical Analysis.

    Familiar concepts like differentiation and integration are brought into play right after a quick refresher on numbers and then introducing the notion of limit within the framework of sequences. The delta-epsilon construct is used to great effect to give meaning to the ideas of convergence of sequences and the continuity of functions.

    These then lead naturally to the Differential calculus where previously learnt ideas like the rules of differentiation are placed in a rigorous setting and interesting elementary analytical results such as the Mean Value Theorem and Taylor's theorem are discussed. The chapter on Infinite series together with the elementary rules for testing for convergence is followed by a chapter on the special functions of analysis as defined in terms of series - e.g. exp, log, sin, cos, etc.

    The chapter on the Integral Calculus makes a natural next step utilising the ideas of an integral as a limit and of infinite series. Specific techniques such as the integral to infinity and approximation methods are placed on a rigorous footing. The final chapter introduces functions of several variables.

    The book has lots of worked examples within the text, which aid understanding of new material. As a bonus, there are also several end of section with notes/hints at the end of the book.

    Overall, this is a gentle introduction to Analysis and will help anyone who is overawed by the subject on first encounter. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0521294681
    Sales Rank: 171666
    Subjects:  1. Mathematical Analysis    2. Mathematics    3. Probability & Statistics - General    4. Science/Mathematics    5. Calculus & mathematical analysis    6. Mathematics / Probability   


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    A History of Mathematics: An Introduction (2nd Edition)
    by Victor J. Katz
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (24 February, 1998)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars a good history book, a bad mathematics book
    there have been glowing reviews for this text but i do not think they accurately reflect the book in its entirety. that is to say, that yes, as a history book, this is a good reference book with a lot of information. however, as a book to teach students about mathematics, it falls far from even being decent. the text is poorly laid out, often fudging the exactness of crucial definitions, with the finer details being left to the reader to figure out in each chapters example problems. the chapter problems in general require a much greater of mathematics than the book is willing to give and do not build very well upon one another. good for reading about the history, but if you're trying to learn the math behind it, you may just wind up very, very frustrated.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a brief opinion
    As a phd student in economics, the study of mathematics is more than a parallel, it is a symmetrical relationship. In the study of mathematics, further appreciation of its tools and meaning can be better appreciated in an understanding of its roots and the needs of such tools.This book offers that and more.It is thorough yet comprehendible to even the casual student of mathematics.

    It should be considered the premier text on the subject of mathematical history as well as a wonderfully written text of reference.A+++!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A super reference!
    Katz's book is one of the best general works on the history of Mathematics around!

    Its over-riding feature is that it is a TEXTBOOK - one that can be used for systematic study of the subject. Though tilted in favour of the mathematically inclined reader, the author has managed to connect the Maths to the History. The book has numerous topical exercises, sidebars and focus essays, which makes the subject easily accessible to the student. Yet, the structure and presentation are such that they also allow the book to be used simply as a reference or one that can be read purely for interest. Each chapter is followed by Exercises to assist the student to assess their learning and copious references that can be followed up for more details.

    As with most good books of this genre, Mathematical developments from the last four centuries or so are most comprehensively presented. All the material is here: the "tussle" between Algebra and Geometry, the formal beginnings of the Calculus, the growth of Analysis, the development of new Mathematical techniques to tackle problems in Physics, and Probability mathematics.

    The book places these developments within the socio-political context. Each chapter and main section starts with a preamble setting out the environment, the stimuli for the mathematical development to be discussed, etc. So, important events like the Renaissance, the French Revolution, etc. are discussed. In this regard, the use of Biography boxes for the main characters in the story of Mathematics helps to render the book more accessible to readers who may not be Mathematical. For instance, the chapter on Differential Equations would be inaccessible to the non-Mathematical reader were it not for such boxes retelling the lives and times of people like Bernoulli, Euler, Lagrange, and Laplace.

    The early chapters deal with Babylonian and Greek developments, the latter with well presented biographies of Aristotle, Plato, and Euclid, among others. The chapters on the mathematics of the Arabs is well balanced, whilst that on India and China is possibly the best I have seen in a "mainstream" work of this type.

    Where other authors like Morris Kline have almost totally ignored the contributions of these cultures to the subject, Katz has done a fine job. To note a couple of examples:

    (1) India as the rightful source of the decimal place value system;
    (2) Bhramagupta's research into what it usually known as Pell's equation, some 1000 years before Pell, and,
    (3) Madhava's derivation of the power series for the arcsine and his appreciation of convergence over 200 years before Gregory.

    Overall, a very good book that, like Edna Kramer's work, adds to the accessibility of a stimulating subject that is at the heart of the intellectual development of mankind. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0321016181
    Sales Rank: 278620
    Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. History & Philosophy    4. History Of Mathematics    5. Mathematics    6. Science/Mathematics    7. Mathematics / General   


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