The partial differential equations that govern scalar and vector fields are the very language used to model a variety of phenomena in solid mechanics, fluid flow, acoustics, heat transfer, electromagnetism and many others. A knowledge of the main equations and of the methods for analyzing them is therefore essential to every working physical scientist and engineer. Andrea Prosperetti draws on many years' research experience to produce a guide to a wide variety of methods, ranging from classical Fourier-type series through to the theory of distributions and basic functional analysis. Theorems are stated precisely and their meaning explained, though proofs are mostly only sketched, with comments and examples being given more prominence. The book structure does not require sequential reading: each chapter is self-contained and users can fashion their own path through the material. Topics are first introduced in the context of applications, and later complemented by a more thorough presentation.
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'This carefully written book by a well-known expert in the area is also an excellent guide to the present literature, recommended as well to graduate students as to experts in the area. This volume will help the reader in getting acquainted with some mathematical aspects of the modern theory of linear and non-linear phenomena arising in relevant applications to mathematical physics.' Zentralblatt MATH
'A truly wonderful book … The author succeeded in creating a new type of book, that many will put on their desks, and they should: beginners, physicists, advanced learners, instructors, users of maths in the sciences … A modern work, showing new ways, unusually multi-layered, applicable in many contexts and at many levels, an exciting book.' Siegfried Großmann, Philipps-Universität Marburg
'This book admirably lays down physical and mathematical groundwork, provides motivating examples, gives access to the relevant deep mathematics, and unifies components of many mathematical areas. This sophisticated topics text, which interweaves and connects subjects in a meaningful way, gives readers the satisfaction and the pleasure of putting two and two together.' Laura K. Gross, SIAM Review
Andrea Prosperetti draws on many years' experience at the forefront of research to produce a guide to the mathematical methods needed for classical fields. Each chapter is essentially self-contained, so users can fashion their own path through the material according to their needs.
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