- Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences Author(s) Mary L. Boas Country USA Subject(s) Applied mathematics Publisher Wiley Publication date 1966 Media type ISBN 9780471198260
Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences is a 1966 textbook by mathematician Mary L. Boas intended to develop skills in mathematical problem solving needed for junior to senior-graduate courses in engineering, physics, and chemistry. The book provides a comprehensive survey of analytic techniques and provides careful statements of important theorems while omitting most detailed proofs. Each section contains a large number of problems, with selected answers. Numerical computational approaches using computers are outside the scope of the book.
The book, now in its third edition, is still widely used in university classrooms and is frequently cited in other textbooks and scientific papers.
- Infinite series, power series
- Complex numbers
- Linear algebra
- Partial differentiation
- Multiple integrals
- Vector analysis
- Fourier series and transforms
- Ordinary differential equations
- Calculus of variations
- Tensor analysis
- Special functions
- Series solution of differential equations; Legendre, Bessel, Hermite, and Laguerre functions
- Partial differential equations
- Functions of a complex variable
- Integral transforms
- Probability and statistics
- ^ Spector, Donald (1999). "Book Reviews". American Journal of Physics 67 (2): 165–169. doi:10.1119/1.19216.
Reviews of 1st edition
- Bronk, B. V. (1967). American Scientist 55 (1): A118.
- Hupert, J. J. (1967). "Book reviews". IEEE Spectrum 4 (7): 166–7. doi:10.1109/MSPEC.1967.5215873.
- Milford, F. J. (1967). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences". Science 155 (3769): 1530–1531. JSTOR 1720976.
- Moore, Walter J. (1967). "Mathematics for scientists. Mathematical methods in the physical sciences. Mathematics for quantum chemistry (Bak, Thor A.; Lichtenberg, Jonas; Boas, Mary L.; Anderson, Jay Martin)". Journal of Chemical Education 44 (4): 246–A352. doi:10.1021/ed044p246.
- Mullin, Albert A. (1968). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences". American Journal of Physics 36 (7): 644–5. doi:10.1119/1.1975067.
- Pipes, L. A.; Boas, Mary L. (1967). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences". The American Mathematical Monthly 74 (8): 1024–1025. doi:10.2307/2315314. JSTOR 2315314.
Reviews of 2nd edition
- Peters, Philip (1984). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, 2nd ed". American Journal of Physics 52 (6): 572–3. doi:10.1119/1.13607.
- Phillies, G. D. J. (1984). "Book Reviews". Journal of the American Chemical Society 106 (17): 5046. doi:10.1021/ja00329a600.
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