Friday, 11 March 2011

Vector Analysis: A Text-Book for the Use of Students of Mathematics & Physics: Founded Upon the Lectures of J. W. Gibbs



Vector Analysis: A Text-Book for the Use of Students of Mathematics & Physics: Founded Upon the Lectures of J. W. Gibbs
Josiah Willard Gibbs,Edwin Bidwell Wilson | 2010-02-24 00:00:00 | Nabu Press | 462 | Mathematics
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Gibbs was one of the few great American mathematical physicists. In this book you will find a complete treatment of dyadic operators that is noticeably absent from most books that came after it.

It was Gibbs himself, along with Oliver Heaviside that turned away from Hamilton's quarternion algebra and decided to invent the vector calculus that every physics student since then has learned and used in their careers. I believe that if they did not do this, then physics would have only been accessible to very few of the most brilliant, because almost no one was ready for quarternions or Clifford Algebra that we now see used today. Vector Calculus was the "midwife" of mathematical physics and analytical geometry, and because of its physically intuitive quality, it enabled "the rest of us" to learn this, the finest of the sciences.

I heartily recommend this book and urge its complete study.

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