Complex Variables for Scientists and Engineers: An Introduction

Paperback | August 15, 2010

byRichard NortonEditorErnest S. Abers

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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.

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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 undergrad...

Richard Norton received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958. After a few years as a Research Fellow at CalTech (California Institute of Technology), he joined the faculty of the Physics department at UCLA in 1962, where he remained until he retired in 1971. During that period he spent several sabbatical years at the Ec...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198509839

ISBN - 13:9780198509837

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Table of Contents

1. Complex Numbers2. Complex Functions3. Differentiation and Analyticity4. Complex Functions as Mappings5. Closed Contours and Homology6. Integration7. Cauchy's Integral Formula8. Multiply Connected Domains9. Power Series10. Sequences, Series, and Infinite Products11. Isolated Singularities12. The Residue Theorem13. Real Integrals14. Infinite Sums15. Factoring Entire and Meromorphic Functions16. Method of Steepest Descent17. Integral Representations of the Gamma and Zeta Functions18. Special Functions and Integral Representations

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"I like it very much. The writing is extremely clear and straightforward. Topics are well motivated and developed and there are nice examples presented along the way." --Thomas Appelquist, Yale University