An introduction to complex function theory /

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Author / Creator:Palka, Bruce P.
Imprint:New York : Springer-Verlag, c1991.
Description:xvii, 559 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series:Undergraduate texts in mathematics
Subject:Functions of complex variables.
Fonctions d'une complexe variable.
Functions of complex variables.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:038797427X (Springer-Verlag New York Berlin Heidelberg)
9780387974279 (Springer-Verlag New York Berlin Heidelberg)
354097427X (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York)
9783540974277 (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York)
Notes:Includes index.
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Palka's book originates from his honors undergraduate course in complex analysis at the University of Texas. It offers a much heavier and more theoretical introduction to the subject than is found in such standard undergraduate books as R.V. Churchill and J.W. Brown's Complex Variables and Applications (5th ed., 1990), even though, by the nature of the beast, there is a great deal of overlap in topics covered. The differences lie in the epsilonics--Palka does not stint--and in the thrust of the exposition and exercises. For example, there is, by page count, something around twice the material on conformal mapping here as in Churchill and Brown, but the examples and exercises in Chruchill and Brown emphasize the physical applications, whereas Palka is more purely mathematical in this regard. The detailed proofs and copious examples--the author has avoided mathematical telegraphy--add greatly to the value, as do the many exercises, which range from the computational to the fundamental. Especially because of the examples, this could be a useful addition to an undergraduate library. Disappointingly, there is no bibliography. -D. Robbins, Trinity College (CT)

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