Currently I'm taking the Differential Equations course at college, however the problem is the book used. I'll try to make my point clear, but sorry if this question is silly or anything like that: the textbook used (William Boyce's book) seems to assume that the reader doesn't familiarity with abstract math, so it lacks that structure of presenting motivations, then definitions, then theorems and corolaries as we see in books like Spivak's Calculus or Apostol's Calculus.
I've already seem a question like this on Math Overflow, however unfortunatelly some people felt offended somehow and said: "are you saying that Boyce is easy? It doesn't matter if you know how to prove things, you must learn to compute", and my point is not that: Apostol and Spivak teaches how to compute also, however since their books are aimed to mathematicians they take care to build everything very fine and their main preocupation is indeed in the theoretical aspects.
I really don't like the approach of: well, in some strange way we found that this equation works, so memorize it, know how to compute things and everything is fine. I really want to understand what's going on, and until now I didn't find this possible with Boyce's book (certainly there are people that find this possible, but I'm used to books like Spivak's and Apostol's, so I don't really do well with books like Boyce's).
I've already seem Arnold's book on Differential Equations, but the prerequisites for reading it are bigger: he uses diffeomorphisms many times and although I'm currently also studying differential geometry, I don't feel yet comfortable on reading a book like this one.
Can someone recommend a book that covers ordinary differential equations, systems of differential equations, partial differential equations, and so on, but that can be read without much prerequisite, and that still has the structure of a book of mathematics? And when I say "structure of book of mathematics" is being like Spivak's and Apostol's books: not mixing up definitions, theorems and examples inside histories of how the theory developed. Since I'm a student of Mathematical Physics, of course motivations and examples from Physics are welcome, but not all mixed up in the text.
In truth I don't really believe that a book like the one I described exists (if a book on this topic is good in my point of view, I believe it'll have a lot of prerequisites). Anyway I hope that I don't get misunderstood in what's my doubt, and really sorry if this question is silly in someway.