ebay has 41 copy of 'Arken's mathematical methods for physicist 5th edition' for sale at half the amazon price. Is this book a "must-have" for physicist?
ZapperZ said:I recommended Boas without hesitation. I recommend Afken only for someone who already have enough mathematical sophistication. But if you're an undergrad and are becoming overwhelmed by all the math you are seeing in QM, E&M, Stat-Mech, then I recommend Boas in a heartbeat.
Baggio said:I find that Boas doesn't cover certain things in enough depth like tensors. My favourite is
Check out the contents https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0521890675/?tag=pfamazon01-20
If possible take a look at a few in your library before deciding..
ZapperZ said:When you pick up a book, especially a mathematical physics text, you need to keep in mind what you want to use it for!
inha said:They're not really mathematical physics books. Just mathematics for physicists. There is a difference.