Generalized Functions in Mathematical Physics – Vladimirov

In this post we will see the book Generalized Functions in Mathematical Physics by V. S. Vladimirov.

vladimirov-coverAbout the book:

… modern mathematical physics makes extensive use of the latest attainments of  mathematics, one of which is the theory of generalized functions. The present monograph is devoted to a brief exposition of the fundamentals of that theory and of  certain of its applications to mathematical physics.

The present monograph is an expanded version of a course of lectures that the author has been delivering to students, post-graduates, and associates of the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute and the Steklov Mathematical Institute.

The book was translated from the Russian by George Yankovsky and was published Mir Publishers in 1979.

You can get the book here.


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Holography And Its Application – Ostrovsky

In this post we will see Holography And Its Application by  Yu. I. Ostrovsky. 



About the book:

The books explains basic physical fundamentals of a hologram and holography. In the second chapter various experiments on holography are detailed out. In the final chapter various applications of holography are given. The book also contains an extensive list of references on the subject.

The book was translated from the Russian by G. Leib. The book was published by Mir in 1977.

All credits to the original uploader.

You can get the book here.




1.1. The Physical Principles of Holography 8

1.2. Properties of a Hologram 58


2.1. Arrangements for Forming Holograms 74

2.2. Sources of Light for Forming Holograms 101

2.3. Reconstruction of Wavefront 123

2.4. Hologram Recording Materials 140


3.1. Three-Dimensional Images 162

3.2. Holographic Interferometry 185

3.3. Spatial Filtration and Character Recognition 217

3.4. Other Applications of Holography 228

Epilogue 239

References 240

Name Index 256

Subject Index 264


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Selected Questions and Problems in Physics – Gladkova, Kutylovskaya

In this post we will see Selected Questions and Problems in Physics  by R. Gladkova and N. Kutylovskaya.


About the book

This collection of questions and problems in physics is in ­ tended for the students of correspondence courses and evening classes in intermediate colleges and is in accord with the existing curriculum .

The purpose of this book is to teach the students how to solve problems in physics. This should stimulate corre­spondence course students to work independently, encourage them to accumulate an adequate theoretical background, and develop in them the requisite aptitude for practical activity in various branches of the economy.

Each section begins with a brief description of the basic theoretical concepts, laws, and formulas. This provides the maxim um possible help to correspondence course students in
solving problems. A large number of problem s are supplied with detailed solutions and an analysis of the results, while in some cases different approaches are used to solve the same
problem so that the student can discover the most rational form of independent study.

The theoretical material is presented in a lucid form, and most problems are of medium complexity. However, each section contains tougher problem s as well. Their solution requires a broader range of theoretical data, and will fa­cilitate a deeper understanding of the physics course.

In keeping with the existing curriculum, problem s in astronomy have also been included in the collection. Their solution requires the use of a star chart, which is printed on the flyleaf.
The book was translated from the Russian by Natalia Wadhwa and was published by Mir in 1989.

All credits to the original uploader.

You can get the book here.


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Maths with Mummy

We come back after a long time with the book Maths with Mummy by V. Zhitomirsky and L. Shevrin.


About the book

Maths with Mummy introduces young children to mathematics. What should a child learn during this first introduction? Obviously this basic information must include numbers from one. to ten, simple mathematical operations using them, and the main geometrical figures. At the same time the modern approach to teaching mathematics is in favour of extending the range at this traditional information to include new concepts such as multitude, relationship (including comparing numbers of different magnitude) and the unknown, We also believe that this initial stage should teach children to distinguish
and classify objects according to different characteristics and to add up these combinations when necessary. Children should also learn to develop simple measurement skills.

The authors took all this into account in writing the Maths with Mummy. With regard to the form of the book, the authors proceeded tram the assumption that the material at this early stage must be as interesting as possible. The book has been written in the form of a story about an ordinary family, so the child absorbs the rudiments of mathematics
not in special lessons, but in real situations together with the main characters, Petya and his little sister Olya. The many colour illustrations and cartoons about Lyapa the Donkey also help to arouse children’s interest and hold their attention.

Another feature oi the book must be mentioned. Unlike ordinary school textbooks which can be used only with the direct participation of a trained teacher, this book has been planned and written so that the necessary explanations, commentaries and discussions are contained in the text itself. This means that any adult using the book to teach children does not need to prepare the material in advance or worry about how to present it. We believe that the book will enable children to absorb the basic minimum oi mathematical knowledge irrespective of where they are taught and the degree to which the parents or teacher are familiar with mathematics and teaching methodology. We have included British measures as well as the metric system for the convenience at the English-speaking

The book is intended primarily tor use at home with children of live and six. It can also be used as a textbook with the older groups at pre-school establishments and tor home reading in primary schools. It is so designed that it can simply be read aloud, but naturally it is to be hoped that adults will play a more active part, supplementing
it with their own explanations, questions and as
much discussion as possible.

The text is divided into ten parts which we have decided to call notebooks. Each notebook is self-contained, consisting of a separate mathematical subject and episode in the story. This does not mean, that it must be covered in one lesson. Children should not be given too much new information. In most cases the text of each notebook can be
split up into smaller sections.

The questions and tasks tor the child and the exercises are most important. They will help the child to absorb the mathematical content of the book and acquire certain practical skills more consciously and effectively. The child must answer all the questions and do all the tasks that are set. With regard to the exercises. Some at these may be omitted, particularly as they include some fairly advanced ones. Adults should decide themselves which exercises to set depending on a child’s individual ability. The same applies to writing down numbers and mathematical formulae. Do not insist that children should write them down, particularly it it is likely to affect their attitude towards learning maths. We should be grateful tor any information as to how this book has been used, with what age group, over what period and with what results. We should also be glad to receive any comments and suggestions for improving it.

The book was translated from the Russian by Katherine Hamilton. The wonderful illustrations were done by  M. Romadin and B. Chuprygin. The book was published in 1987 by Raduga.

Many, many thanks to Guptaji for this wonderful book!

You can get the book here.

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Some recent discoveries

First of all thanks to Siddharth for his amazing and non-stop efforts in bringing out some many links to us.

Perhaps we need to make a separate post for his books!

From now on we will shift completely to The Internet Archive for links. In case you find a broken link and have the file, please provide alternate links.

Recently I found a few gems at a raddiwala shop. Here are a few glimpses

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All of them (plus a few non-soviet books) for a little over Rs. 100!

Just a couple of months more and we will be back in business…

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Update: Books in Comments

It has been a while since anything new was posted by me. But many good natured people have invested their time and efforts to keep the book coming. This post is for bringing forth those contributions and contributors. Chances are that many might not know about these books as the links were posted in comments of various other posts. Hence this short post. Detailed posts with contents, info etc. will follow later. And please do add more links. Apologies for mistakes and omissions, please let me know if I have missed any.

Thanks to Siddharth for following titles and links

Holography and its application by Ostrovsky (MIR Publishers, 1977)

Selected Questions and Problems in Physics by Gladkova Kutylovskaya (MIR Publishers 1989)
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A Brief Course In Analytic Geometry Yefimov (Peace Publishers.)

The Electric Welder by Tsegelsky (Foreign Languages Publishing House)

The Life Of The Plant by Timiryazev, Kliment. (Foreign Languages Publishing House)

Fundamentals Of Geology by Obruchev,V (Foreign Langurges Publishing House)

Electric Slag Welding by Paton (Foreign Languages Publishing House)

Pseydoanonymous Greek submitted links below:

General Methods for Solving Physics Problems by Belikov
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A Course of Differential Geometry and Topology by Fomenko et al.
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Problems in Differential Geometry and Topology by Fomenko et al.

Problems of Mathematical Physics by Lebedev
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Worked Problems in Applied Mathematics by Lebedev
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Selected Problems on Physics by Myasnikov, Osanova
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The Kiselev books are not from Mir/Soviet era publishers so I have not included them.

Thanks to Tor, Shovon, Pseydoanonymous Greek for the one below:

Senior Physics 1 by  Kikoin, Kikoin
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Thanks to db.jan for this one

Strength of Materials by Belyaev
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Thanks to itanveer for following title:

ABC’s of Quantum Mechanics by Rydnik

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Thanks to idkwhii for the one below:

Physics of the 20th Century: History and Outlook by Velikhov


PS: I am terribly busy in finishing my thesis (wish me all the luck!), so it will be a couple of months (hopefully!) before I begin posting again!

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A Million Thanks!!

Today Mirtitles has had its first million views!

A million thanks to all those who made the efforts to make this site the place it is and all those who spread the good word.

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