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Engineering and Scientific Computing with Scilab Hardcover – July 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0817640095 ISBN-10: 0817640096 Edition: 1999th

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  • Hardcover: 491 pages
  • Publisher: Birkhäuser; 1999 edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817640096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817640095
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,309,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended for students and professionals dealing with engineering and scientific computation—and seeking a powerful software alternative." —Simulation News Europe

"For those who are unfamiliar with Scilab, here is a chance to get an introduction to this freeware package from a group that has been using Scilab in the classroom and the industry…. The book provides an overview of Scilab and consists of three major sections: an introduction to the software, a discussion of the major toolboxes, and a section on applications…. [Part II] provides a good summary of the types of computation Scilab is capable of performing, as well as a brief overview of many commands…. As an introduction to Scilab, this book is an excellent guide." —IEEE Control Systems Magazine

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book describing an excellent free scientific Matlab-like software package available for many computing platforms. It complements well the extensive on-line help of the software and the information available on the Web.
The first three chapters gives a condensed overview of the software. I found the description of the graphics capabilities particularly useful as a reference. The next two chapters describe the use of the software for linear algebra, polynomials, linking to C and FORTRAN, and more advanced aspects. The remaining chapters concern tools and applications mainly of a system oriented nature. The tools are generally of a very high quality and accuracy, but of course slower than in compiled languages.
The book would have been been even more useful if it included more information on how to customize the software and a more comprehensive index. Also, the linking to C and FORTRAN routines does not appear to be completely simple.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Papadimitriou on February 10, 2006
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The book "Engineering and Scientific Computing" in Scilab,

presents clearly the elements of the Scilab language.

A scientist with some programming background,

even elementary, can readily learn and exploit the

elegant and compact Scilab scientific programming

environment.

However, the strongest point of the book is its tutorial

value. The reader can through the Scilab tool,

improve the knowledge of important signal processing topics,

exploit algorithms for the numerical solution of ODEs and

tackle with optimization problems. Furthermore, the book contains

excellent material on SCICOS (the dynamical system builder

that accompanies Scilab) and a lot of applications.

The CD that is included with the book is also very helpful.

The presented scientific applications are aimed mainly

to the advanced scientists and engineers, although a large part

can be utilized and by undergraduate students of an intermediate

level.

In summary, I liked and enjoyed this book and I strongly

recommend it to all the scientific/engineering community.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2009
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Yes, Scilab has very good help system. But you have to start somehow. If you know Matlab already, you will have no problems with Scilab. If you don't know Matlab, you need this book. This is the "hello, world" class book for Scilab, describes basic programming constructs as well as methods for building programs using Scilab building blocks. Examples go from trivial to rather complicated and practical.

Even if you have mastered Scilab, you will neeed this book as quick reference. It is always close to my keyboard. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By claudia clayton on February 16, 2014
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I am a practicing engineer with a background in physics. This book is a presentation of the capabilities of SciLab software. It is NOT a textbook in mathematics. I would suggest that most scientists and engineers would find this book challenging if they are not well-grounded in matrix theory and differential equation theory, since the authors do little top-down explanation of the mathematical operations used.

The book is an engaging intro to SciLab, but should be used with other, elementary mathematical texts or Wikipedia, to be useful to the less mathematical users. (Of course, the mathematics are all mostly 18th and 19th century concepts, with 20th and 21st century implementation.)
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