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Higher Mathematics For Beginners And Its Application To Physics
Original Title Higher Mathematics For Beginners And Its Application To Physics
Author Ya. B. Zeldovich
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Topics physics, mathematics, functions, graphs, differential equations, derivative, integral, applications, water flow, radioactive decay, mechanics, thermodynamics, electric oscillations, dirac delta function
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The title of this book gives the clue to our main aim, which is to initiate the reader into the realm of differential and integral calculus and, by applying these methods to the more important divisions of physics, to demonstrate the significance and power of higher mathe­matics.
In this book, the student is regarded as a friend and ally who puts his faith in the teacher and the textbook and wishes ardently to make use of and apply to nature and technology the mathematical techni­ques offered to him. Comprehension of the subject expands as the result of analyzing examples and applications. In the strictly logical approach, the question of the significance and usefulness of the theo­ rems studied remains in the background. In the present text, by con­ trast, we bring to the fore the mathematical ideas and their relation­ ship with the study of nature.
The notorious pitting of poets against physicists (mathematicians too) is a figment of the imagination of the poet B. Slutsky. In mathe­matics there is more poetry than any poet ever imagined. The history of science is proof that good mathematics is prophetic: mathematical analysis of the known opens up the path into the realm of the unknown and leads to new physical notions.
In “Higher Mathematics for Beginners” I strove towards a const­ructive approach, to the eliciting of the meaning and aims of mathe­matical concepts and attempted, at least in part, to convey the spirit of the heroic period when these notions were born.
The last two chapters (Dirac’s Remarkable Delta Function and What Next) are entirely different from the remainder of the book. The style too is quite changed. The aim there is to give the reader a feeling (of necessity, very superficial) of what complicated things lie ahead.
Translated from the Russian by George Yankovsky
First published 1973
Revised from the 1972 Russian edition
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