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- ISBN: 9780198509820 | 0198509820
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 9/17/2010
Norton's Complex Variables for Scientists and Engineers is a new textbook, originally written for the Complex Analysis term of an undergraduate Mathematical Methods of Physics sequence at UCLA. It does not assume any prior knowledge of complex numbers or functions and is therefore suitable fora first course in the subject for undergraduate students who have had an introductory course in the standard calculus of real variables. The book provides a thorough grounding in the theory of complex functions. The mathematics is careful, yet accessible to any student who knows basic calculus. It covers the subjects essential in any scientific or engineering discipline that uses mathematics beyond the elementary level. The readerwill find a clear presentation of complex differentiation and integration, Cauchy's theorem and integral formula, and infinite series and products. There is a long and thorough section on applying the residue theorem to the evaluation of real integrals, and a section on special functions and theirintegral representations. The book includes the conformal property of analytic functions and its applications to boundary value problems in electrostatics; a topological analysis that leads to the extension of the residue theorem to multiply-connected regions and contours; a section on the method ofsteepest descent; a section on the Riemann zeta function; and a discussion of the convergence of integral representations, which is rarely presented in detail in introductory texts. Those who want to see the mathematics done carefully, and who are looking for more than a 'cook-book' treatment thatpresents the basic techniques without exploring all the nooks and crannies of the subject, will find these sections especially satisfying. The preface suggests how to extract a bare-bones course for those in a hurry, without losing sight of the beauty and depth of the subjects.