The recommended textbook for this mathematical physics class is Mathematical Methods for Physicists by Arfken (http://www.amazon.ca/Mathematical-M...9881659?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187417047&sr=1-1), however I've read some reviews online that seem to think that this textbook is inferior to the textbook Mathematical Physics: A Modern Introduction to its Foundations by Hassani (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0387985794/702-5452703-9881659). Does anyone have any experience or feedback on these two books? How similar they are? Which is better for learning as well as reference? The course description is: "Application to problems in physics of method of steepest descent, Fourier and Laplace transforms; boundary-value problems, integral equations, and Green's functions. " I know it's a bit vague, but perhaps will give a glimpse as to which book may be more appropriate. The Arfken text is not required by the course, only recommended. Thanks in advance, Coto.