A Student’s Guide to Vectors and Tensors
Cambridge University Press, 2011; $75.00 (hardcover). $28.99 (paperback).
This book is a short, concise teaching aid devoted to vector analysis and tensors. It is intended as a supplement to undergraduate physics courses, such as mechanics and electromagnetism. Of the book’s six chapters, the first four deal with vectors. Each chapter ends with a set of problems whose interactive solutions can be found on a website. This is both helpful and innovative.
One of the author’s goals for this book is to provide in-depth coverage of covariant and contravariant tensors. This is timely, since some undergraduate physics textbooks are now using both types of tensors. Fleisch’s book is an excellent and challenging resource for students in this subject area.
Review by Albert C. Claus, physics department at Loyola University, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.
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