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*Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences*

* Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences* is a 1966 textbook by mathematician Mary L. Boas intended to develop skills in mathematical problem solving needed for junior to senior-graduate courses in engineering, physics, and chemistry. The book provides a comprehensive survey of analytic techniques and provides careful statements of important theorems while omitting most detailed proofs. Each section contains a large number of problems, with selected answers. Numerical computational approaches using computers are outside the scope of the book.

Author | Mary L. Boas |
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Country | USA |

Subject | Applied mathematics |

Publisher | Wiley |

Publication date | 1966 |

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ISBN | 978-0-471-19826-0 |

The book, now in its third edition, was still widely used in university classrooms as of 1999[1] and is frequently cited in other textbooks and scientific papers.

## Chapters

- Infinite series, power series
- Complex numbers
- Linear algebra
- Partial differentiation
- Multiple integrals
- Vector analysis
- Fourier series and transforms
- Ordinary differential equations
- Calculus of variations
- Tensor analysis
- Special functions
- Series solution of differential equations; Legendre, Bessel, Hermite, and Laguerre functions
- Partial differential equations
- Functions of a complex variable
- Integral transforms
- Probability and statistics

## References

- Spector, Donald (1999). "Book Reviews".
*American Journal of Physics*.**67**(2): 165–169. doi:10.1119/1.19216.

## Further reading

### Reviews of 1st edition

- Bronk, B. V. (1967).
*American Scientist*.**55**(1): A118. Missing or empty`|title=`

(help) - Hupert, J. J. (1967). "Book reviews".
*IEEE Spectrum*.**4**(7): 166–7. doi:10.1109/MSPEC.1967.5215873. - Milford, F. J. (1967). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences".
*Science*.**155**(3769): 1530–1531. doi:10.1126/science.155.3769.1526. JSTOR 1720976. - Moore, Walter J. (1967). "Mathematics for scientists. Mathematical methods in the physical sciences. Mathematics for quantum chemistry (Bak, Thor A.; Lichtenberg, Jonas; Boas, Mary L.; Anderson, Jay Martin)".
*Journal of Chemical Education*.**44**(4): 246–A352. doi:10.1021/ed044p246. - Mullin, Albert A. (1968). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences".
*American Journal of Physics*.**36**(7): 644–5. doi:10.1119/1.1975067. - Pipes, L. A.; Boas, Mary L. (1967). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences".
*The American Mathematical Monthly*.**74**(8): 1024–1025. doi:10.2307/2315314. JSTOR 2315314.

### Reviews of 2nd edition

- Peters, Philip (1984). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, 2nd ed".
*American Journal of Physics*.**52**(6): 572–3. doi:10.1119/1.13607. - Phillies, G. D. J. (1984). "Book Reviews".
*Journal of the American Chemical Society*.**106**(17): 5046. doi:10.1021/ja00329a600.

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