Cosmic Variance had three interesting &ldquot;greatest&rdquot; discussion threads:
In the comments to the Greatest Physics Textbook, Clifford (the original poster) joked that no self-respecting mathematician ever read Schey’s Div, Grad, Curl and All That. I don’t know about anyone else, but that’s the book I learned the subject from. The book gives incredibly hand-wavy proofs, and if I remember right it trumpets its lack of rigor, but it does a good job of giving the intuition behind the Green, Gauss, and Stokes theorems. Reading it made reading something like Spivak’s Calculus on Manifolds much easier.