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Mathematics for Physics and Physicists
Walter Appel

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"Mathematics for Physics and Physicists is a well-organized resource today's physicists must have to strengthen their math skills and to gain otherwise unattainable insights into their fields of study. Mathematics has always been and is still a precious. . . . One is delighted to see Appel's book maintains a nice balance between rigorous mathematics and physical applications. . . . It will lead potential physicists to embrace mathematics and they will benefit substantially."--Current Engineering Practice


"This nicely organized and pedagogically excellent book not only covers material that students of physics and engineering are conventionally assumed to need at an advanced undergraduate and graduate level but goes beyond that by including some important modern mathematics not usually included in such texts--such as Lebesgue integration, theory of distributions, probability theory, and differential geometry. It treats the material in a rigorous yet friendly manner from a physicist's perspective, and even includes interesting historical asides that convey to a student the idea that mathematics is not a dead subject. It is an excellent choice as a course textbook or as an addition to a physicist's bookshelf."--Elliott Lieb, Princeton University

"As happens to many of us who teach a mathematics for physicists course to physics students, Appel--who for years taught such a course at the école Normale Supérieure de Lyon--faced the problem of finding a textbook that is neither too soft or imprecise nor too specialized mathematically. This book is Appel's own elegant way out of this dilemma. Physics students at the graduate level will benefit handsomely."--Michael Kiessling, Rutgers University

"Mathematics for Physics and Physicists gives a charming exposition of many important concepts, including topics not covered in standard textbooks. Appel finds an excellent balance between mathematical rigor and physical applications, and the book is interspersed with short biographies of mathematicians and sets of illustrative problems. I wish that kind of book had been available when I was a student."--Andreas Brandhuber, Queen Mary, University of London

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