Mathematical Methods For Physicists International Student Edition


  • George Arfken, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA
  • Hans Weber, University of Virginia, USA

This best-selling title provides in one handy volume the essential mathematical tools and techniques used to solve problems in physics. It is a vital addition to the bookshelf of any serious student of physics or research professional in the field. The authors have put considerable effort into revamping this new edition.
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The book is used both as a reference and as a textbook for aspiring and practicing physicists. As a text it functions best at the graduate level, although it’s recommended often as a reference to an undergrad course, almost always in physics departments.


Book information

  • Published: June 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-088584-8


"As to a comparison with other books of the same ilk, well, in all honesty, there are none. No other text on methods of mathematical physics is as comprehensive and as complete..." -Tristan Hubsch, Howard University

Table of Contents

1. Vector Analysis2. Vector Analysis in Curved Coordinates and Tensors3. Determinants and Matrices4. Group Theory5. Infinite Series6. Functions of a Complex Variable I: Analytic Properties, Mapping7. Functions of a Complex Variable II8. The Gamma Function (Factorial Function)9. Differential Equations10. Strum-Liouville Theory-Orthogonal Functions11. Bessel Functions12. Legendre Functions13. More Special Functions14. Fourier Series15. Integral Transforms16. Integral Equations17. Calculus of Variations18. Nonlinear Methods and Chaos19. Probability