DIV, Grad, Curl, and All That by Harry M. Schey

DIV, Grad, Curl, and All That

Since the publication of the First Edition over thirty years ago, Div, Grad, Curl, and All That has been widely renowned for its clear and concise coverage of vector calculus, helping science and engineering students gain a thorough understanding of gradient, curl, and Laplacian operators without required knowledge of advanced mathematics.

Details DIV, Grad, Curl, and All That

TitleDIV, Grad, Curl, and All That
Release DateJan 1st, 2005
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
GenreScience, Mathematics, Physics, Textbooks, Reference, Nonfiction

Reviews DIV, Grad, Curl, and All That

  • Dmitri
    This math book is incredibly fun to read: clear, clever, and, believe it or not, gripping. It makes me wonder why people bother searching for enlightenment in ancient tomes. All one needs is a semester of calc, and this book.
  • Guillaume Koenig
    Div grad curl was an incredible experience to me. The author builds the way up from geometric considerations to eventually deriving the div, grad, curl and laplacian operators of vector calculus (hence the title). A decent understanding of trigonometry and single variable calculus are mandatory prerequisites. Multi variable calculus would be helpful too, I found to be able to compensate using a search engine. For single variable calculus, I went ...
  • Aneece
    Ideal for the physics student who wants to develop their intuition for the basic theorems of vector calculus. A proof may reassure you that a theorem is true, but give you no insight into how it was discovered. I've read that mathematicians prefer proofs, physicists derivations. This book satisfies the desire for derivation and motivation over rigor.
  • Morgan
    This was a great overview of vector calculus, as well as an interesting investigation into how to find the electric field. It's well written, at times funny, and easy to follow.
  • Physicist-CY
    Review for the 4th edition:Caution: This book is all about intuition rather than rigor. There is simply nothing of the latter here. But that is OK. I purchased this book to accompany the classic "Vector Calculus" by Marden and Tromba, which is in itself intuitive and rigorous, but Schey's book will surely help me gain more intuition as well as having examples in Electromagnetism.Pros:1) Intuition: Non-rigorous derivations that are so intuitive th...
  • Ashleyanstaett
    I would highly recommend anyone taking a course in vector calculus OR E&M to pick up this little gem. I didn't discover it until the end of my course in vector calculus, and I wish I had used it as a companion piece for the course. The presentation of surface integrals, div, grad and curl in my vector calculus course were fairly abstract and difficult for me to grasp so Schey's use of E&M to illustrate these concepts makes them a bit easier to di...
  • Andrew
    I ran across the Vector Function derivatives in the title in a physics book. This book explained the mysteries hinted at in the other book. Limited to three dimensions, limited in its rigor, but within these limits crystal-clear about the how and why of Div, Grad, Curl and the equations in which these derivatives occur.Short and sweet.
  • Erickson
    Very intuitive and concise. Good start before entering full fledged mathematical formulation of electromagnetism.It also helps build intuitions for calculus courses which are more rigorous, since the author specifies in what sense he is being "sloppy" by stating what are needed to make some arguments work in rigorous manner.
  • Mostafa Alkady
    An extremely useful book for vector calculus that you'll probably go back to more than once especially if you're into Physics. Very easy to grasp, provided with figures, and links most of the topics to their applications in real life. Readers just need to know some basic calculus and a glimpse of multivariable calculus to understand it all. I highly recommend it.
  • Travis Johnson
    Read this is an evening to get ready for prelims. I'll have to go back through to do a more careful rereading and work some of the problems, but it's a pretty wonderful guide to the topic of multivariable calculus.
  • Jeff
    One of the most unhelpful physics books i've read. Very unclear derivations at times and very big logical steps missing. Horrible description of surface integrals. Confusing unclear derivation of the gradient. Did not enjoy.
  • Ronald Lett
    I used this book while studying physics in high school. If you are a physics student struggling to put precise physical intuition into divergence, gradient and curl operations, this text is a quick study.
  • Andrew
    This is a great, accessible primer on vector calculus. The exercises represent a good range of difficulty, and the informal style of writing makes the concepts easy to grasp in the absence of classroom instruction.
  • sqrt2
    i could do physics.there is a love story that goes along with this book. have you heard about?
  • Frank
    I really dig it. I recommend the Physics undergrad read this the summer before their first year of university studies. It will prepare you well for.
  • Rakibullah Sazib
    good book for a starter in electrostatics
  • dead letter office
    multivariable calculus for the multitude. not really a text, not really not a text.
  • Kourtney
    Best. Math. Book. Ever.
  • Nick Black
    Ahhh, what a happy little book. I sure wish I'd had it about ten years before Rhett recommended it (in an LJ comment, iirc).