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Complex Variables and Applications

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  205 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
"Complex Variables and Applications, 8E" will serve, just as the earlier editions did, as a textbook for an introductory course in the theory and application of functions of a complex variable. This new edition preserves the basic content and style of the earlier editions. The text is designed to develop the theory that is prominent in applications of the subject. You will ...more
Hardcover, 361 pages
Published December 31st 1990 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published December 1st 1960)
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James Swenson
Jan 16, 2012 James Swenson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I'm giving it 4 stars now, but I'm going to teach from it for the first time this semester (Spring 2012). Let's see what I think in May....

[UPDATE] The course is finished; I now like the book slightly more than I did going in. The exercises provide good material for an undergraduate course.
Jun 14, 2016 Walter rated it it was amazing
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This book was recommended to me by my advisor as a good intro/refresher for complex variables. According to him, back in his days this book was widely regarded as the gold standard for this subject. Now that I've had some time with it, I cannot find reason to disagree.

The exposition is clear, with just enough examples to get the point across. The themes are well organized and all major theorems are accompanied by their proofs, which is a godsend. The exercises offer plenty of opportunity to appl
Aug 13, 2011 Abbey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not too bad overall, but I found myself looking for other texts to see if they explained concepts better quite a bit. needed clearer explanations in places.
It's a pretty good book, although others(like Zill's "A First Course on Complex Analysis") are much better particularly in their explanations of what is intuitively something while Churchill and Brown's book relies on the computational aspect. So, as a book for mathematicians its insufficient and as a book on applied mathematics it lacks intuition. Also, not much applications.
I would actually recommend buying Zill's book rather than this.
Mar 15, 2016 Thomas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I used this book for an undergraduate course, and I simply have a bad experience with it. Most of the sections preceding the problems are too wordy, as if the author is assuming the reader has no background in mathematics at all, and this wordy treatment actually makes it more confusing. I would recommend Complex Analysis in the Spirit of Lipman Bers or Complex Analysis by Freitag.
Salah Abuzaina
Feb 11, 2008 Salah Abuzaina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Salah by: My Faculty
This book summarizes the main outlines of complex analysis, and the theory of functions of complex variables.It discusses complex analysis whithin various fields, such as : properties of complex numbers, mappings, elementary functions, series, analytic and harmonic functions and integrals.
Nick Black
Got me through undergraduate Complex Anal, but I didn't really understand the stuff until reading Penrose. Uninspiring, but acceptable...for now.
Apr 27, 2007 NumberLord rated it liked it
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A decent book for learning complex analysis if you're an undergraduate. For graduate students, I would look elsewhere.
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