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Good book for math methods

  1. May 21, 2013 #1
    I am planning on working through Dodelson's cosmology book, but I find my knowledge of things like Bessel functions, Legendre polynomials, and Fourier transforms lacking.

    What're some good references for these things?
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  3. May 21, 2013 #2


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    While not the best , you could consider Arfken and Weber a catchall for Mathematical Physics with chapters on these functions. From there you could branch out into other references given by the authors.
  4. May 21, 2013 #3
    Do you have any good references on Fourier transforms? Arfken/Weber doesn't talk about them all that much. :/
  5. May 21, 2013 #4
    I believe the forum standard for this sort of recommendation is "mathematical methods of the physical sciences" by Mary Boas. I have a copy myself and it covers all the topics you'll need in fairly good depth, I would recommend it personally.
  6. May 21, 2013 #5

    Meir Achuz

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    Electromagnetism books generally have good, concise treatments of Bessel functions, Legendre polynomials, and Fourier transforms. I recommend "Classical Electromagnetism" by Franklin.
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