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Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences
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1. Matrices and vector spaces; 2. Vector calculus; 3. Line, surface and volume integrals; 4. Fourier series; 5. Integral transforms; 6. Higher-order ODEs; 7. Series solutions of ODEs; 8. Eigenfunction methods; 9. Special functions; 10. Partial differential equations; 11. Solution methods for PDEs; 12. Calculus of variations; 13. Integral equations; 14. Complex variables; 15. Applications of complex variables; 16. Probability; 17. Statistics; Appendices; Index.

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The mathematical methods that physical scientists need for solving problems are clearly set out in this tutorial-style textbook.

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K. F. Riley read mathematics at the University of Cambridge and proceeded to a Ph.D. there in theoretical and experimental nuclear physics. He became a Research Associate in elementary particle physics at Brookhaven, and then, having taken up a lectureship at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, continued this research at the Rutherford Laboratory and Stanford; in particular he was involved in the experimental discovery of a number of the early baryonic resonances. As well as having been Senior Tutor at Clare College, where he has taught physics and mathematics for over 40 years, he has served on many committees concerned with the teaching and examining of these subjects at all levels of tertiary and undergraduate education. He is also one of the authors of 200 Puzzling Physics Problems. M. P. Hobson read natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in theoretical physics, and remained at the Cavendish Laboratory to complete a Ph.D. in the physics of star-formation. As a Research Fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and subsequently an Advanced Fellow of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, he developed an interest in cosmology, and in particular in the study of fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. He was involved in the first detection of these fluctuations using a ground-based interferometer. Currently a University Reader at the Cavendish Laboratory, his research interests include both theoretical and observational aspects of cosmology, and he is the principal author of General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists. He is also a Director of Studies in Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall and enjoys an active role in the teaching of undergraduate physics and mathematics.

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'Problem solving skills can only be developed by solving problems, and here students can gorge on many stimulating problems ... this book can be recommended as [a] thorough, readable, mathematical methods textbook for undergraduates on a par with the book of Boas. As Paul Dirac said 'God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world', and students will not go far wrong by beginning their journey into mathematical physics here.' C. A. Downing, Contemporary Physics
"Problem solving skills can only be developed by solving problems, and here students can gorge on many stimulating problems ... this book can be recommended as [a] thorough, readable, mathematical methods textbook for undergraduates on a par with the book of Boas. As Paul Dirac said "God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world", and students will not go far wrong by beginning their journey into mathematical physics here." C. A. Downing, Contemporary Physics

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