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Need good math methods for physics book

  1. Oct 12, 2012 #1
    I am a first year physics graduate student. I double majored in math and physics, so I wasn't required to take a math methods in physics course. Looking at the course that was offered at my undergraduate institution, the only topics it covered that I am only deficient in are complex analysis and heat flow.
    The textbook for that course was Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Boas. Is that a good book? Are there other good math methods books out there as well.
     
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  3. Oct 12, 2012 #2
    I think Boas is pitched at just the right level of rigor (or lack of it; she tends to omit proofs) for getting up to speed quickly.
     
  4. Oct 12, 2012 #3
    Boas is a nice book, but in my opinion Hassani is much better..
     
  5. Oct 13, 2012 #4
    Thank you. Is Hassani as (more) rigorous as Boas?
     
  6. Oct 13, 2012 #5
    yes but more rigorous =/= more useful. boas is fine.
     
  7. Oct 13, 2012 #6

    Well, actually there are two "Hassani's"
    There is "Mathematical Methods: For Students of Physics and Related Fields"
    https://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Methods-Students-Physics-Related/dp/0387095039
    this one is not very rigorous (same as Boas), but it has some very nice explanations.
    It's my favorite math-methods book.

    The other one is "Mathematical Physics, A Modern Introduction to its Foundations"
    https://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Physics-Sadri-Hassani/dp/0387985794/ref=pd_sim_b_1
    more advanced and rigorous but still a very nice book

    Just go to your library and see which one you like..
     
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