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Is this book something a high school student could understand? I have no experience with calculus...
neurocomp2003 said:do you plan on going into computational sciences in physics/chemistry/biology/math
if so i suggest picking up a "Numerical Recipes in" C/C++/Fortran...Just to get started on your numericals engine earlier. If you just want to do theory then I would wait for university plus that book is really OLD.
I suggest picking up "computational Beauty of Nature" Gary Flake
or a University INtro to Calc text firsT(ie James Stewart) or some newer Mathphys book
Thanks for that link! I had been wanting to get a copy of this book but I didn't realize a new edition was coming out. If anyone has the new edition, please let us know how it compares to the previous editions.robphy said:The third edition of Boas (2005) is available now.
http://eu.he.wiley.com/WileyCDA/HigherEdTitle/productCd-0471365807,courseListingNavId-108318,pageType-copy,page-collegeEdNotes.html
neurocomp2003 said:zapperz: my post implied merely that if he were wanting to pick up a book NOW that perhaps that book is not best suited for him (because it is rather old so would use terminology that he would not understood...and i did glance at the book) you yourself said that it was aimed for people in 2nd-3rd year university. Also there are some books today that not only give theory but also code(Landau & Paez) I think a lot of science students today should have programming as a skill.
jma2001 said:Thanks for that link! I had been wanting to get a copy of this book but I didn't realize a new edition was coming out. If anyone has the new edition, please let us know how it compares to the previous editions.
dextercioby said:I think a HS student could handle the first 3 chapters.But if you're not interested in trying (& hopefully succeeding) to become a physicist,then it's no point in adding it to your bookshelf.
It's good.But for college.
Daniel.
The purpose of this book is to introduce students and researchers in the physical sciences to the mathematical tools and techniques necessary for understanding and solving problems in their fields of study. It covers a wide range of topics, including linear algebra, complex analysis, differential equations, and more.
This book can be used for both self-study and in a classroom setting. It is written in an accessible and easy-to-follow manner, with clear explanations and numerous examples, making it suitable for self-directed learning. However, it is also commonly used as a textbook in undergraduate and graduate courses.
A basic understanding of calculus and linear algebra is recommended for understanding the material in this book. Some familiarity with physics and the physical sciences may also be helpful, but is not strictly necessary.
The 2nd edition includes updated and expanded content, as well as new chapters on topics such as tensors and group theory. It also includes more exercises and examples, and has been reorganized to improve the flow of the material.
While the main focus of this book is on mathematical methods as applied to the physical sciences, many of the techniques and concepts covered can also be useful in other fields such as engineering, computer science, and economics. Researchers in these fields may find this book to be a valuable reference for understanding and applying mathematical tools to their own work.