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  • Print publication year: 2003
  • Online publication date: September 2012

Preface

Summary

The study of complex variables is beautiful from a purely mathematical point of view and provides a powerful tool for solving a wide array of problems arising in applications. It is perhaps surprising that to explain real phenomena, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers often resort to the “complex plane.” In fact, using complex variables one can solve many problems that are either very difficult or virtually impossible to solve by other means. The text provides a broad treatment of both the fundamentals and the applications of this subject.

This text can be used in an introductory one-or two-semester undergraduate course. Alternatively, it can be used in a beginning graduate level course and as a reference. Indeed, Part I provides an introduction to the study of complex variables. It also contains a number of applications, which include evaluation of integrals, methods of solution to certain ordinary and partial differential equations, and the study of ideal fluid flow. In addition, Part I develops a suitable foundation for the more advanced material in Part II. Part II contains the study of conformal mappings, asymptotic evaluation of integrals, the so-called Riemann–Hilbert and DBAR problems, and many of their applications. In fact, applications are discussed throughout the book. Our point of view is that students are motivated and enjoy learning the material when they can relate it to applications.

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