Partial differential equations provide mathematical models of many important problems in the physical sciences and engineering. This book treats one class of such equations, concentrating on methods involving the use of surface potentials. William McLean provides the first detailed exposition of the mathematical theory of boundary integral equations of the first kind on n-smooth domains. Included are chapters on three specific examples: the Laplace equation, the Helmholtz equation and the equations of linear elasticity. The book affords an ideal background for studying the modern research literature on boundary element methods.