Mathematical Methods For Physicists International Student Edition - 6th Edition

Mathematical Methods For Physicists International Student Edition

6th Edition

Authors: George Arfken Hans Weber
Imprint: Academic Press
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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.

Key Features

  • Updates the leading graduate-level text in mathematical physics
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the mathematics necessary for advanced study in physics and engineering
  • Focuses on problem-solving skills and offers a vast array of exercises
  • Clearly illustrates and proves mathematical relations

New in the Sixth Edition:

  • Updated content throughout, based on users' feedback
  • More advanced sections, including differential forms and the elegant forms of Maxwell's equations
  • A new chapter on probability and statistics
  • More elementary sections have been deleted


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.

Table of Contents

  1. Vector Analysis
  2. Vector Analysis in Curved Coordinates and Tensors
  3. Determinants and Matrices
  4. Group Theory
  5. Infinite Series
  6. Functions of a Complex Variable I: Analytic Properties, Mapping
  7. Functions of a Complex Variable II
  8. The Gamma Function (Factorial Function)
  9. Differential Equations
  10. Strum-Liouville Theory-Orthogonal Functions
  11. Bessel Functions
  12. Legendre Functions
  13. More Special Functions
  14. Fourier Series
  15. Integral Transforms
  16. Integral Equations
  17. Calculus of Variations
  18. Nonlinear Methods and Chaos
  19. Probability


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About the Author

George Arfken

Affiliations and Expertise

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

Hans Weber

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Virginia, USA


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